At the junction between documentary and fiction, Les Hommes le dimanche (1929) by Robert Siodmak, relates a weekend spent in Berlin by five young people strapped for cash. The five characters, all amateur actors, play their own roles in the film. They are all simply men or women. The film illustrates the theme then in vogue of "The life of the people on sunday", but makes a break with the usual commercial set-ups and invents an aesthetic and an economy that New Wave film directors would return to 30 years later. When watched again today, the images of these carefree young Berliners filmed three years before the outburst of Nazism, reveal a world that is gone forever.
Alexandros Markeas's music for a sextet and a pianist improvising (the composer himself) integrates the musical world of the 1920s and creates passages, dialogues and fusions between these melodies and contemporary musical expression.
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