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4 February 1930 (Germany) See more »
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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  (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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
People on Sunday., 29 June 2011
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This silent semi-documentary boasts quite a remarkable roster of young talent behind the camera: Billy Wilder, writing his first screenplay; Curt and Robert Siodmak at the helm, aided by contributions from Edgar G. Ulmer and Fred Zinnemann – all of them still in their twenties, all at the beginning of notable careers. The most interesting aspect in front of the camera is the shots of everyday life in Berlin immediately before Adolf Hitler's meteoric rise to power. Many of the people you see going about their ordinary, everyday lives – including possibly the young leads – will have participated in the war into which Hitler would plunge their country in nine short years – or been consigned to concentration camps from which they'd never emerge.

The plot is virtually non-existent: a couple of young men take a couple of young girls to the park for a little frolicking in the lake (and something a little more intense for one couple). The characters are curiously remote, making it difficult for the audience to get to know – or like – them. They are no heroes or villains as such – although there is an air of callousness about the men – so perhaps in a way, this apparent decision to keep at the audience at arm's length can be seen as one of the film's strengths – a reflection of people the way they are (the leads were all non-actors, plucked from obscurity for their brief moment of film stardom before returning back to lives of anonymity). This sense of emotional detachment persists even when the film reaches its most sensuous moments, possibly because Wilder et al fail to decide whether they are telling us a story about people as a group or people as individuals and thus devote inadequate time and attention to both.

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