New Year's Eve (1924 film)

New Year's Eve (German: Sylvester: Tragödie einer Nacht) is a 1924 German silent Kammerspielfilm directed by Lupu Pick and written by Carl Mayer. It was filmed in 1923 and premiered in Berlin on 4 January 1924.[1][2] The film is known to be one of the earliest examples of a kammerspielfilm[3] and was innovative in its extensive use of "entfesselte Kamera", using tracking and gliding techniques as opposed to keeping the camera stationary.[4] Like Pick's previous films, New Year's Eve does not use intertitles.

New Year's Eve
Directed byLupu Pick
Produced byLupu Pick
Written byCarl Mayer
StarringEugen Klöpfer
Edith Posca
Music byKlaus Pringsheim, Sr.
CinematographyKarl Hasselmann
Guido Seeber
Edited byLuise Heilborn-Körbitz
Rex-Film GmbH
Distributed byUniversum Film AG
Release date
  • 3 January 1924 (1924-01-03)
Running time
66 minutes
LanguageSilent film


A man is celebrating New Year's Eve with his wife and his mother, who are at odds with one another. As the evening progresses, the rivalry between the two women increases to an open hatred that eventually escalates into a big fight. The man assumes no position in favor of either woman and instead chooses to flee from the conflict.



  1. Grange, William (October 28, 2008). Cultural Chronicle of the Weimar Republic. Scarecrow Press. p. 163. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. Scheunemann, Dietrich (September 1, 2006). Expressionist Film: New Perspectives. Camden House. p. 277. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. Silberman, Marc (1995). German Cinema. Wayne State University Press. p. 253. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. Thompson, Kristin (February 1, 2006). Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood. Amsterdam University Press. p. 119. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
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