People On Sunday

Weimar Republic | 1930 | 73 mins. + short | Unrated

Two men and women go on dates to the beach, where the men enjoy their own company more than the womens.

Director: Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer
Cast: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Christl Ehlers


Established as Silent Sundays by founding programmer Eric Veillette in 2009, Silent Revue is Toronto’s only year-round film series dedicated to silent cinema. Monthly screenings (more…)


Our season-long look at Planes, Trains and Automobile continues with a stunning example of Weimar cinema from future film noir figureheads Robert Siodmak (The Killers), Erwin G. Ulmer (Detour), and Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity). Released in 1930, People on Sunday acted as the silent era’s swan song—a work of New Objectivity from visual masters who captured a lively portrait of Berlin at the end of the Weimar’s era artistic heights and just a few years before Hitler’s rise to power.

Starring amateur actors in roles that corresponded to their real-life occupations, Siodmak and Ulmer, working with a Billy Wilder-consulted script, open their film in the city’s famed Banhhof Zoo train station, as five young Berliners go about their Sunday activities—courting, arguing, and cavorting at beaches and parks on their only day off. What could be trite and frivolous is in the hands of such masters transcendent and breathtaking. Featuring cinematography from Eugene Schüfftan of Metropolis fame and Fred Zinnemann (future director of High Noon and From Here to Eternity), People on Sunday is truly one of the Weimar era’s greatest works. – ALICIA FLETCHER

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Live accompaniment by William O’Meara

Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher

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