ScreenplayCarl Mayer WriterCarl Mayer LanguageSilent film
CastEugen Klöpfer, Edith Posca, Frida Richard, Karl Harbacher, Julius E. Herrmann, Rudolf Blümner Release date3 January 1924 (1924-01-03) Similar moviesCarl Mayer wrote the screenplay for New Years Eve and Shattered
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 January 4, 1924. The film is known to be one of the earliest examples of a kammerspielfilm and was innovative in its extensive use of "entfesselte Kamera", using tracking and gliding techniques as opposed to keeping the camera stationary. Like Pick's previous films, New Year's Eve does not use intertitles.
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.