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Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) (1930)

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An early experiment in neo-realist filmmaking, Menschen Am Sonntag is a low-budget drama about two men, a cab driver and a salesman, who find themselves with nothing to do on a Sunday in Berlin. The friends pick up a couple of young women, and the four spend the day wandering the city streets before heading to a beach in Wannsee, where they go swimming and enjoy an idyllic afternoon by the lake. After a genial but determined attempt at seduction by the two men, the foursome returns to Berlin, with the depressing prospect of another working week looming before them. Menschen Am Sonntag is most notable today for the behind-the-camera contributions of several young German filmmakers who would later win greater fame after expatriating to the United States following the rise of the Third Reich, among them Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Curt Siodmak. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday)

All Critics (8)

The inventive filmmaking, breezy pace, light touch, luscious images and gentle, appreciative spirit of the film makes it a classic.

August 21, 2011 | Full Review…
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's a defiant combination of realism and fiction, made by a collective of rising filmmakers, resulting in something effortless, endlessly interesting, and almost totally unique.

July 22, 2011 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

utterly unpretentious without being slight

July 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Q Network Film Desk

The film acts as a time capsule for both a city that was lost and the aspirations of its creators without sacrificing its desire to show what life is like when you're young and full of life.

July 9, 2011 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…
Paste Magazine

Though People on Sunday regards people lazing about, its legacy is that of filmmakers proving their industriousness. [Blu-ray]

July 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Groucho Reviews

The mix of naturalism, visual poetry, youthful energy and frisky sexuality of a canoodling romantic triangle is really quite irresistible.

July 1, 2011 | Full Review…
MSN.com

Audience Reviews for Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday)

a remarkable documentary/experimental late silent film made in weimar era berlin by future hollywood stars robert and curt siodmak, edgar g ulmer, billy wilder and fred zinnemann, among others. no complete copy has survived so this is a recreation from various sources, as complete as possible. and it is a wonderful time capsule, using non professional actors on their weekends going about their leisure activities, with cityscapes, beach scenes and domestic life, so naturalistic and modern, whose influence on italian neorealism and the nouvelle vague can't be denied. also incredibly poignant, with the nazis' rise to power and the holocaust looming, causing these young filmmakers to flee their homes, one can't help but wonder what became of these carefree young people on sunday...

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Is there a plot? Barely. Any real actors in the film or sets? Nope. Yet this is one of the best representations of people doing what they want with their weekends, which at the time was a new trend. Trying to capture the most honest and accurate representation of random people and how they spend their time and interact is captured in this film more than any other! A movie thought absurd and literally laughed at during it's inception and process of being made, but was embraced by critics and audiences instantly when it was released. The men involved would all go on to Hollywood and make international names for themselves and it can be said that this was their ticket in. Recommended for fans of silent films!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

½

Just plain interesting and enjoyable. On it's own, as a picture of Berlin in the late 20s to 30s, it's so fascinating. But if this film tells you anything: in Berlin at this time all women are pretty and all men are total jerks.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

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