Erhard Siedel and Lina Carstens in April, April! (1935)
Erhard Siedel and Lina Carstens in April, April! (1935)
April, April! (1935)

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April, April!

Douglas Sirk | Germany | | Unclassified (15+)
Film

When a prince sends an order to the social-climbing owner of a noodle factory (Erhard Siedel) it triggers a chain reaction of mistaken identities, wild misunderstandings and hilarious deceptions. Sirk’s rarely screened first feature, made at UFA, is “a deliciously funny screwball farce” (Tom Ryan). The film features two musical numbers but is also musical in a poetic sense, with its 'upstairs-downstairs' depiction of bourgeoisie and servants forming “a contrapuntal household symphony” (Katie Trumpener).

Format: DCP
Language: German with English Subtitles
Source: Murnau Stiftung
Duration: 82 mins

When

Duration

82 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 7 September

About the program

Best known as the director of a string of lavish Hollywood melodramas made for Universal Pictures in the 1950s, Douglas Sirk’s (1897–1987) feature-film career spanned almost 40 films between 1935 and 1959. He was a successful theatre director in Weimar Germany prior to transferring his passion and critical eye to the silver screen, moving from Nazi Germany to the United States in the late 1930s.

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