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Weimar Cinema 1919-1934

Heaven on Earth

Der Himmel auf Erden

In this vibrant comedy, a politician leads a double-life as the manager of a notorious nightclub.

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Germany 1927
Dirs Reinhold Schünzel, Alfred Schirokauer
With Reinhold Schünzel, Charlotte Ander, Adele Sandrock
English subtitles
With live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne (12 May)

A hapless politician (comic genius Schünzel) leads a double life – publicly attacking the depravity of Berlin nightlife while secretly running ‘Heaven on Earth’, a notorious nightclub. This delicious distillation of the contemporary debate around moral degeneracy features raunchy chorus girls, a black jazz band, and a cross-dressing scene that anticipates Some Like It Hot by several decades.

+ At the Film Studio
Im Filmatelier
Germany 1927. Dirs Hedwig Otto, Gerda Otto. 4min
A stop-motion ad for Bayer Aspirin by a mother-daughter filmmaking duo.

See our Launch Night screening of Heaven on Earth + live score from Helen Noir on Friday 3 May.


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