I’ve been pursuing an interest in City Symphonies guided by an article on the British Film Institute website.
People on Sunday was made in 1930 and is an early hybrid, in which the form of a city symphony is combined with a narrative about a group of friends in Berlin. As such, it marks the beginning of the end for the City Symphony genre, which was born in the 1920s and slowly disappeared in the following decade.
People on Sunday was made by Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer using a script by Billy Wilder. The film lasts for over an hour but there’s a six minute trailer on Youtube as well which gives a flavour of the film if you haven’t got time for the complete film.
6 Minute Trailer
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