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Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay)
Curt Siodmak (based on a reportage by)
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4 February 1930 (Germany) See more »
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Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Erwin Splettstößer ... Himself (taxi driver)
Brigitte Borchert ... Herself (record seller)
Wolfgang von Waltershausen ... Himself (wine seller)
Christl Ehlers ... Herself (an extra in films)
Annie Schreyer ... Herself (model)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kurt Gerron ... Himself

Valeska Gert ... Herself
Heinrich Gretler ... Himself

Ernö Verebes ... Himself

Directed by
Robert Siodmak 
Edgar G. Ulmer 
Rochus Gliese (uncredited)
Curt Siodmak (uncredited)
Fred Zinnemann (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Curt Siodmak  based on a reportage by (as Kurt Siodmak)
Robert Siodmak  uncredited
Edgar G. Ulmer  uncredited
Billy Wilder  screenplay (as Billie Wilder)

Produced by
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer
Edgar G. Ulmer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elena Kaets-Chernin (2000)
Otto Stenzeel 
 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan 
 
Art Direction by
Moritz Seder 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernst Kunstmann .... assistant camera
Moritz Seeler .... lighting technician
Fred Zinnemann .... cinematography assistance
 
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor (2000)
 

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Also Known As:
"Menschen am Sonntag" - Germany (original title)
"People on Sunday, a Film Without Actors" - International (English title) (complete title)
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73 min
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The film was a major hit when it was released in Germany in 1930. Five of the people who worked on the film went on to direct films in Hollywood: Curt Siodmak, his brother Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann and Billy Wilder.See more »
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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
history, 21 January 2007
Author: tilmazio from Berlin

Some of the people commenting on this movies mention the fact that it was made only three years before Hitler came to power. While this is true, it is a historical misunderstanding to think that in 1929, when the film was conceived and shot, Hitler was inevitably looming at the political horizon in Germany. In fact, in the Weimar republic of the late 20s there was good reason to believe, that the worst was over for Germany after the chaotic post-WWI-period. The economy had somewhat stabilized, the political circumstances were still chaotic, but I guess people had grown accustomed to the fact that the government changed every so often. Germany was not a democracy in the truest sense of the word, but there was a thriving lower-middle class, and that is what the people in the film are meant to represent. There was good reason to believe, that these people would be typical of Germany at this time. To think that the film makers were delusional about the true state of the German state is a judgement that comes out of knowing what happened later.

Thats what makes this film even more special in my thinking. It shows that there could have been potentially another Germany, and that fascism was not the inevitable consequence of the social condition in the early 30s, German national character or what so ever. In fact, I think thats why this master piece is not as well-known as it deserves to be. It does not fit the bill of 1920s Mabuse-style Germany, where Caligari was an early warning of the Nosferatu was the blue-print of a coming dictator etc, all this Kracauer stuff.

Having said that, I would like to point out two additional things about this film, that make it unique. First of all, with its on-location shot, its amateur actors and its next-to-nothing ,yet social realist story, it is a rare fore-runner of the post-war cinema of Italy etc, that has not acknowledged. (Then again, Rosselini et al never saw this film, but then again, where is the "neo" in "neo-realism" coming from.) It also seems to me that this might very likely be the first "indie" movie. "Indie" is of course a very vague term, and what is called "Independent cinema" differs greatly depending on where the critic is coming from. But I personally know of no other movie, that actually made it into the movie houses, that was produced by a handful of non-pros without the support of a studio. Of course, there are the surrealist films etc, but this was a reasonably successful film, not some art experiment. This is a very daring thesis, I know, but so far nobody was able to prove me wrong....

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