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cover: People on Sunday (1930-Criterion)

People on Sunday (1930-Criterion)

Director(s): Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann

Theatrical Release: 1930

Cast: Kurt Gerron, Valeska Gert, Ernst Verebes

Genre(s): Drama, Avant-Garde, Criterion Collection

Countries: Germany (East/West)

Location in store: German Cinema

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Running Time: 73m.

An early experiment in neo-realist filmmaking, Menschen Am Sonntag is a low-budget drama about two men, a cab driver and a salesman, who find themselves with nothing to do on a Sunday in Berlin. The friends pick up a couple of young women, and the four spend the day wandering the city streets before heading to a beach in Wannsee, where they go swimming and enjoy an idyllic afternoon by the lake. After a genial but determined attempt at seduction by the two men, the foursome returns to Berlin, with the depressing prospect of another working week looming before them. Menschen Am Sonntag is most notable today for the behind-the-camera contributions of several young German filmmakers who would later win greater fame after expatriating to the United States following the rise of the Third Reich, among them Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Curt Siodmak. (


Criterion Collection DVD #569 Special Features:

! Two Scores: a Silent-Era-Style one by the Mont Alto Orchestra and a modern one by Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by the Czech Film Orchestra

! Weekend am Wannsee - Gerald Koll's 2000 Documentary about the film, featuring Interviews with star Brigitte Borchert and Writer Curt Siodmak

! Ins Blaue hinein - a 36 minute short from 1931 by People on Sunday cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan