PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (Edgar G. Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, 1929)

A documentary fiction, a fictional documentary: Menschen am Sonntag, ein film ohne Schausppieler, written by Curt Siodmak and Billy Wilder, and directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak and, to a minor extent, Fred Zinnemann, is the last notable silent film from Germany—an experiment in which young filmmakers flex their love of cinema. […]

COLONEL REDL (István Szabó, 1985)

Part-Ukrainian, part-Jewish, low-born, homosexual, Alfred Redl (Klaus Maria Brandauer, mercurial, brilliant) seems unlikely to rise in the Austro-Hungarian army, but once the emperor permits his entrance into the military Redl’s ambition takes him far, eventually, as head of the secret police. But the disavowal of so much of his identity strips Redl of protection from […]