Olivier Castel

  People on Sunday – on Monday: Film screening 
Rooftop screening of People on Sunday, on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Ibid Projects.
(Germany, 1930, Dirs. Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer, 73 mins):
"Filmstudio 1929 presents its first experiment: People on Sunday, a film without actors. These five people appear in front of the camera for the first time, today they are all back in their own jobs."
   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). The effervescent silent film features five ‘non-actors’ (a wine seller, taxi driver, film extra and model) playing versions of themselves, and follows their leisure pursuits over the course of one summer weekend in Weimar Berlin. A deliberate entanglement of fiction and reality, the film could be considered an early precedent of contemporary scripted reality television.