Found in: Weimar Sundays
Menschen am Sonntag

Menschen am Sonntag

classified PG

Weimar Sundays


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Robert Siodmak
Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen
73 mins, 1930, Germany
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This magical blend of documentary and fiction takes us back to a glorious summer Sunday in late-1920s Berlin where five young workers take a day off. While they enjoy freedoms undreamt of by their parents, sexual rivalry soon lends an edge to their flirtations.

The people portraying the characters were all amateurs belonging to a Berlin collective who, the opening credits inform us, had returned to their normal jobs by the time of the film’s release. They included a taxi driver, a record seller and a wine merchant. This revolutionary experiment in realism was the collective effort of several future Hollywood directors, including Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann.

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The original negative of the film is lost and no complete copy exists. This restored version was reconstructed by The Eye Institute in the Netherlands and the 2K scan was digitally restored by Deutsche Kinemathek. Presented with live piano musical accompaniment by Meg Morley and introduced by Mark Bould, Reader in Film & Literature, University of the West of England.