I just came back from viewing this film at UC Berkeley’s Media Resource Center. I’ve been going there frequently to view hard to find films. This one was a quaint little exercise in realism. What is interesting is that this film was done by UFA era Germans who were known for being the antithesis of realism. What’s really noteworthy is the list of people who worked on this film: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder, and Fred Zinnemann. All of whom would go onto fame and legend in America after fleeing the Nazi’s.
The film is about 5 people who are not actors. The just go about their Sunday. The rest of the population of Berlin is also on display here. Not surprisingly the film has a lot of trouble sticking with pure realism, but the fact that they even tried makes this film worth a look.