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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
Curt Siodmak  (as Kurt Siodmak)
Robert Siodmak 
Edgar G. Ulmer 
Fred Zinnemann 
Rochus Gliese (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Curt Siodmak 
Robert Siodmak  source material
Edgar G. Ulmer 
Billy 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)
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74 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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What Hitler destroyed! An effortless depiction of the joy of life., 20 March 2000
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

Extraordinary and very simple silent film, put together by some of the most remarkable talents of Twentieth Century Cinema - just read those credits! Within a few years most of these people were in Hollywood, and Hitler had destroyed both the wonderful film industry they had helped build and the joyous Berlin that this film depicts.

The film tells the story of four strangers, two men and two women, enjoying a lazy Sunday by a lake in Berlin. Nothing much seems to happen, but there is a lot going on, as the four interact. There is innocence, the potential for love, the danger of sex, the force of jealousy and the pain of longing. And through it all is the joy of living!

Magnificently shot - largely in extreme close-up - the film allows us a glimpse of Berlin between the wars and it is sad to watch it with the knowledge of what was soon to be. It would have been impossible to make this film with dialogue - the words would have destroyed the nuance and the emotion. It reveals the power of silent cinema.

If the print you see is without a soundtrack, as mine was, then may I recommend playing the Essential Marlene Dietrich during the film. I did this and the combination was unforgettable.

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