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People on Sunday

Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer

 
People on Sunday (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1930
  • 73 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • German
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  • Spine #569

Years before they became major players in Hollywood, a group of young German filmmakers—including eventual noir masters Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer and future Oscar winners Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann—worked together on the once-in-a-lifetime collaboration People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag). This effervescent, sunlit silent, about a handful of city dwellers (a charming cast of nonprofessionals) enjoying a weekend outing, offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin. A unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, People on Sunday was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world.

Cast

Himself (taxi driver)Erwin Splettstösser
Herself (record seller)Brigitte Borchert
Himself (wine seller)Wolfgang von Waltershausen
Herself (extra in films)Christl Ehlers
Herself (model)Annie Schreyer
HimselfKurt Gerron
HerselfValeska Gert
HimselfHeinrich Gretler
HerselfErnö Verebes

Credits

DirectorRobert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer
Produced byHeinrich Nebenzal and Edgar G. Ulmer
PhotographyEugen Schüfftan
ScriptBilly Wilder
From a reportage byKurt Siodmak
Cinematography assistanceFred Zinnemann
Lighting technicianMoriz Seeler

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, created in collaboration with the EYE Film Institute Netherlands
  • Two scores: a silent-era-style score by the Mont Alto Orches­tra and a modern one by Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, both presented as uncompressed stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 thirty-six-minute short from 1931 by People on Sunday cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Noah Isenberg and reprints by scriptwriter Billy Wilder and director Robert Siodmak

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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People on Sunday: Young People Like Us

By Noah IsenbergJune 27, 2011

Shot in Berlin on the eve of the Great Depression with almost no budget, an equally modest . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: People on Sunday

July 12, 2011

There’s nothing quite like People on Sunday, as critics are realizing in their reviews of the . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Current_1149_144_thumbnail

People on Sunday: Young People Like Us

By Noah IsenbergJune 27, 2011

Shot in Berlin on the eve of the Great Depression with almost no budget, an equally modest . . . Read more »