People On Sunday 2010

Joint SUMMER SCHOOL of the UCLA Film School and the ifs internationale filmschule köln

The Films and Life of Robert Siodmak

Prof. Jan-Christopher Horak: Screening and close analysis of Cry of the City (1948), June 21, 2 pm – 4 pm.

After lunch, we screened Robert Siodmak’s CRY OF THE CITY (1948), starring Victor Mature. CITY is a film noir, but also a city film about New York. As we discovered, Siodmak actually remade a shot from PEOPLE ON SUNDAY in CRY OF THE CITY. A productive discussion followed about the film’s moral ambiguity, so unlike American classical Hollywood narrative and so much like German films from the 1920s.

German Filmmakers in Exile

Prof. Jan-Christopher Horak: Lecture, June 21, 11:45 am – 1 pm

In the next session, was dedicated to German speaking Jewish exiles in Hollywood, in order to provide a context for the week’s work to follow. As I told the students, over 1500 writers, directors, producers and other film workers were forced to leave Berlin, due to Hitler’s anti-Semitic blacklist. Interestingly, neither the German nor American students had any idea that some of Hollywood’s most famous directors were German born.

People on Sunday – How We Saw It, How We See It.

Close and Personal Readings.Establishing a common ground. June 21, 10 am – 11:30 am.

Prof. Jan-Christopher Horak:

21 June, 10 AM, which happens to be 1 AM (California time), according to my body clock, and I’m standing in front of a group of eager film students. We are doing a one week academic seminar in and around PEOPLE ON SUNDAY to prepare five German film students (from the IFS) and five American film students from UCLA to spend the next five weeks making a film, which will be a portrait of Cologne, the way PEOPLE was a portrait of Berlin in 1929.

We started the morning with an initial discussion of the film, made by Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Eugene Schuefftan, Fred Zinnemann, and Seymour Nebenzahl, all of whom were exiled from Germany in 1933 and had high profile (or less substantial) Hollywood careers. Along with Prof. Gundolf Freyermuth (ifs) and Prof. Lisa Gotto (ifs), we discuss the incredible modernity of MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG, given its non-plot and hand-held camera, its amateur actors and documentary views of a vibrant city.

The Filmmakers – A Video Introduction

People on Sunday 2010 – The Filmmakers from Gundolf Freyermuth on Vimeo.

This video was first shown on June 22, 2010 at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, after a screening of “People on Sunday”. You can find more on this event here.

Short Description

The joint Summer School of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the ifs internationale filmschule köln brings together young American and German filmmakers - directors, producers, cinematographers. In mixed German-American teams they are shooting several shorts about city life in Cologne.


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    From the UCLA:
    Lucas Mireless, 2nd Year Director
    Iliana Sosa, Director
    Jeanne Tyson, 3rd Year Director of Photography
    Leigh Underwood, 2nd Year Director of Photography
    Ryan Slattery, Producer

    From the ifs:
    Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye, Director
    Johannes F. Sievert, Director
    Christopher Becker, Producer

    From the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts:
    Nina Frey, Director of Photography
    Jens Nolte, Director of Photography

    'Making Of' of the Project:
    Paul Pieck
    Nicole Schmeier


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