Wednesday, July 22

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

Hailed as a work of genius, the 1930 “People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag)” is notable not only for its portrayal of daily life in Berlin shortly before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor, but also as an early work of future Hollywood writer and director Billy Wilder. The film is an effervescent, sunlit silent about a handful of city dwellers enjoying a weekend outing. It is a unique hybrid of documentary (the actors were amateurs whose day jobs were those that they portrayed in the film) and fictional storytelling, and the lightly scripted work became a surprise hit.

Erwin spends Sunday at the beach with his friend Wolfgang, who brings along a new girlfriend, Christl and her best friend Brigitte. The four friends have a picnic, swim in the lake, and play records. The men flirt not only with Christl and Brigitte, other girls at the beach. At the end of the day, Brigitte suggests to Wolfgang that they meet again the following weekend, but it is unclear what they decide to do. What is clear is that the two young men enjoy their carefree existence without much regard for the feelings or wishes of the young women around them.

Also featured: The Charley Chase short, “Mama Behave.” Total running time: 95 minutes