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August 17, 2017

People on Sunday (1930)

Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde Street in Old Town San Diego

Years before they became major players in Hollywood, a group of young German filmmakers-including eventual noir masters Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer and future Oscar winners Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann-worked together on the once-in-a-lifetime collaboration People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag). This effervescent, sunlit silent, about a handful of city dwellers (a charming cast of nonprofessionals whose day jobs were those that they portrayed in the film) enjoying a weekend outing, offers a rare glimpse of daily life in Berlin shortly before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor. A unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, People on Sunday was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world.

"A defiant combination of realism and fiction, made by a collective of rising filmmakers, resulting in something effortless, endlessly interesting, and almost totally unique…People on Sunday packs a great many ideas and themes into its little frame, but also finds time for relaxing and enjoyment of the simple pleasures of the day. It's a movie of sunlight, water, trees, and a breeze, and yet it's a movie unused to such things. It's a curiosity, difficult to define, but all the more important for it."—Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid.

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

When Thursday, August 17
Time 7:30pm · 73 minutes
Cost $10
Seating is limited; advance ticket purchase is suggested

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