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Big screen classics

People on Sunday

+ intro by Erica Carter, German Screen Studies Network

Menschen am Sonntag

Revisit this landmark of realist filmmaking from Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann.

Image from People on Sunday + intro

Germany 1929
Dirs Robert Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer
With Erwin Splettstosser, Brigitte Borchert, Christl Ehlers
With live piano accompaniment

Famously, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann worked with Siodmak on this landmark of realist filmmaking, in which non-professionals act out an ‘everyday’, uneventful story of several young Berliners using their Sunday to spend a flirtatious day together at a lake on the edge of the city. With its massive cast of unpaid extras enjoying the summer sun, this classic silent film feels remarkably modern.

This screening will be presented with live piano accompaniment. See other screenings of People on Sunday. The screenings on 6 and 15 August will be with the Donald Sosin score as listed in the Guide.


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