KABARETT-PROGRAMM NR. 1
F.: Werner Brandes, Karl Puth. Scgf.: Rudi Feld. Int.: Siegfried Arno, Trude Berliner, Genia Nikolajewa, Marcel Wittrisch, Otto Walburg, Willy Schaefers. Prod.: Universum-Film AG (UFA) 35mm. D.: 24’. Bn
In 1931, induced by the runaway success of their musical comedies, UFA decided to further cash in on the popularity of comedians andnightclub singers of the time by producing a series of shorts featuring a number of performances without a surrounding narrative arc. Today,Kabarett-Programm Nr. 1, the only known survivor of the series among at least six produced, is a document of rare value: one of the mostauthentic audiovisual accounts of German language cabaret entertainment during its prime. Highlights include performances by singer Marcel Wittrisch and dancer Genia Nikolajewa, as well as a lovely sketch by Trude Berliner and Siegfried Arno, two of the most famouscomedians of the time, both of whom fully embraced the new medium of sound film.