Reviews

People On Sunday

4

This highly romantic silent German film was directed by four helmers who would go on to work in Hollywood: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann. Strange... But stranger still is the absence of the fatalist doom that coursed through the later noirs of Siodmak, Ulmer and Wilder.

Radically for its day, People On Sunday rejects narrative drive to present a semi-documentary style vision of young people enjoying a day off near Berlin. Two young men, one married, the other single, flirt with two young girls. Nothing much happens - they swim, listen to a gramophone record and bask in the sun. It's a normal day, but the close-up depiction of the interaction between the couples and the rich vistas of a soon-to-vanish Berlin make the film memorable.

 

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 25th 2005