Eye am Sonntag
New Cool Collective is coming to Eye on 15 September to perform live a new composition of theirs for the screening of the restored silent film classic Menschen am Sonntag. People on Sunday was the brainchild of Billy Wilder, Fred Zinneman and Robert Siodmak, who were all to claim their place among the Hollywood greats. For this special event Eye Arena will be transformed into a cinematographic jazz palace, admission is free!
Menschen am Sonntag was an immediate hit when it was released in 1930. German audiences turned out in droves to watch the “city symphony” about five young Berliners relaxing and sunbathing on the banks of the Wannsee and strolling through town on a Sunday afternoon. The impact of the Great Crash of 1929 and the threat of rising Nazism still seemed very far away.
Billy Wilder, Fred Zinneman and the Siodmak brothers Curt and Robert came up with the screenplay sitting in a café; the actors were amateurs, the storyline intercut with footage of Berlin, that perfect emblem of the 20th-century metropolis.
jazz palace on the IJ
New Cool Collective performs its new score in an all-film environment. The European restoration of Menschen am Sonntag can be watched on a big screen, while edited film clips are projected onto transparent screens that are also visible from the terrace and the bank of the river IJ.
All of the Arena”s white surfaces will be covered with moving image pieces, transforming the film museum into a gigantic scintillating film screen and cinematographic jazz palace. Eye also throws an after party hosted by DJs and VJs.
Admission to this special event in Eye Arena is free! You do need to book tickets through the site (with a maximum of 4 tickets per person), from 23 August.
The restoration and screening of this silent film classic is part of the EU initiative “A Season of Classic Films”, offering free admission to screenings of restored European classics in thirteen European countries, from Thessaloniki to Amsterdam.
about the restoration
The restoration project is the result of a careful comparison between distribution prints from several archives, including the Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief (Cinematek) in Brussels, the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana in Milan and the Cinémathèque Suisse.
The basis for the comparison was the distribution print of the Filmmuseum originally deriving from the filmmakers” collective De Nederlandsche Filmliga (the original negative is lost). The original intertitles were reconstructed and the authentic sequencing of shots was restored.
Eye on Sound
What would Sergio Leone’s films be without Ennio Morricone’s world-renowned scores? And what remains of Blade Runner without Vangelis’ unworldly synthesizers? Who doesn’t immediately think of Miles Davis’ languid nocturnal jazz in the case of Ascenseur pour l’échafaud? Music and sound are an essential part of the cinematic experience. In fact, they are vital to the experience of film.