Abschied

1930 [GERMAN]

Comedy / Drama

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 7 / 10

"If you can't afford us you'd better stay at home, and let the canary sing to you."

In the middle of a marathon viewing of Akira Kurosawa's works,I decided it was time to go for a second marathon viewing of a fellow auteur film maker whose work I've been wanting to explore in-depth: Robert Siodmak. Checking my pile of his titles,I set to hear Siodmak's first "Talkie."

View on the film:

Hired by Ufa to make the first sound film for the studio after his Silent directing debut People on Sunday (1930-also reviewed) had been a hit and given a budget of 60,000 Marks, directing auteur Robert Siodmak reunites with occasional collaborator (and future Eyes Without A Face (1960-also reviewed) cinematographer) Eugen Schufftan, and between close-up shots of hovers (!) and elegant dissolves over the guesthouse of misfits where Peter and Hella reside.

Siodmak finds in the ending a pessimism which would become a major theme across his works, as Hella (played by a radiant Brigitte Horney in her film debut) waits with bated breath for her lover to return, but finds herself with the fading memory of their romance being the only company she has left.

In what was only his second film credit, Emeric Pressburger joins Irma von Cube in housing Hella & Winkler with a nifty screenplay,where the initial, snappy comedy exchanges between the couple and fellow residences at the guesthouse cracks into a stormy Melodrama of mistrust entering the engaged entanglement of Winkler and Hella.

Reviewed by Stanislas Lefort 9 / 10

A forgotten masterpiece

One of the very first sound movies. Sound is everywhere during the whole film: the vacuum-cleaner, the ringing of the phone, the piano... Everybody speaks but no-one hears, except maybe the cleaning woman who is presented as deaf. The story takes place in a flat where several destinies cross but may be never meet. It is a very bitter description of a microcosm: all the characters are funny, but desperately helpless and hopeless.

Reviewed by El_John 6 / 10

Flawed, but nevertheless interesting little movie

After his success with ''People on Sunday'', director Robert Siodmak made the first talking picture for UFA in quite a similar fashion. While ''People on Sunday' focuses on the life of four regular citizens of pre-war Germany during a Sunday and shows the love and pleasure of daily life, 'Abschied'' takes a more cynical approach and depicts a day in the life of mostly poor people who live in the same building with main focus on the couple Hella and Peter Winkler.

The main conflict arises when Hella finds out that her boyfriend wants to move out but hasn't told her anything about it. He then tells her that he got a job offer which would pay him enough money for them to be married. After this conflict is resolved, another emerges because of a misunderstanding and so on. This is more ore less how the movie plays out until it leads to a bittersweet ending.

Since this was the first sound film produced by the UFA, they had to experiment and used it at practically every instant they could, whether it was necessary or not. Because of this, the piano player, one of the few characters, felt shoe-horned in and didn't contributed anything to the film. This what the movie lacked in the first place: Developed characters, which is really a shame since the cast is small anyway and the whole film takes place in a confined space (one building) were most characters basically have to interact with each other.

The acting was fine for the most part, except for Aribert Mog, who played the main character Peter. His acting was atrocious in some scenes. Other weird decisions were the camera placement during a dialog between the couple, were the upper body of Peter completely covered Hellas face.

All in all it was a fine little movie with an interesting theme, nut also without it's flaws

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