People On Sunday 2010

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

People on Sunday – The Screening

June 22, 7 pm – 10 pm.

On June 22, the second day of our Summer School, we had a public screening of People on Sunday, the original movie in its latest restored version. Though there was a soccer game being broadcast at the same time, the screening in the cinema of the Museum Ludwig draw quite an audience.

Most of them stayed on for a short video introducing the young filmmakers who are now trying to portrait city life in Cologne following in the footsteps of the brothers Curt and Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann und Edgar Ulmer who 80 years ago captured city life in Berlin.

That night, some of the participants experienced the film for the first time as it was meant to be seen: on a big movie screen. The panel discussion between all participating professors showed: Everybody was very much impressed by the surprising modernity of this silent semi-documentary.

From left to right: Prof. Lisa Gotto (ifs), Prof. Jan-Christopher Horak (UCLA), Prof. Becky Smith (UCLA), Prof. Gerd Haag (ifs), Prof. Hans-Erich Viet (ifs), Prof. Gundolf S. Freyermuth (ifs)

The Films and Life of Edgar G. Ulmer

Prof. Lisa Gotto: Screening and Close Analysis of Detour (USA 1945), June 22, 2 pm – 4 pm.

Edgar G. Ulmer was the “King of the Bs”, the “King of Poverty Row” – a director whose work was shaped by the confines of economic constraints. If you examine his films, you will discover a labyrinth: you will run into mysteries, you will be faced with oddities. Ulmer’s films look dirty, rough and shaky; they seem to be full of mistakes. However, they often come closer to truth or authenticity than Hollywood’s illusions. By dramatising fissure and fragment on a formal level, Ulmer succeeded to create a particular brand of filmmaking; a style recognizable even in the cheapest of cheapies.

Detour, one of Ulmer’s most celebrated movies, is a film that plays with its own restrictions. Tending to ignore virtually all laws of standard Hollywood perfection, it delineates an idiosyncratic vision for that which strives against the accepted.

Robert Siodmak and the Weimar Filmindustry

Prof. Jan-Christopher Horak: Seminar June 22, 10 am – 11:30 am:

Our second day started with my seminar on the history of the Weimar film industry, in order to place the production of PEOPLE ON SUNDAY into the proper historical context for the students. I was surprised that most of the German film students knew as little about Weimar cinema and history as the American students.

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.


June 2010
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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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