People on Sunday

Menschen Am Sonntag

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Dir. Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer

Germany 1930 | Black & white | 73 mins @ 24 fps | Cert Exempt | Documentary

Cast: Brigitte Borchert, Christl Ehlers

People on Sunday was something almost entirely new, a blend of feature and documentary. It announced itself as ‘a film without actors’: the five principals are all amateurs, who actually worked in the jobs described in the film: taxi driver, music shop assistant, wine salesman, film extra, mannequin. Very little happens – a commonplace matter of casual flirtations on a Sunday expedition to the countryside – but its honesty and quietly ironic observation lend the film a timeless, universal appeal.

Available on: DVD, 35mm

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