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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Directed by F.W. Murnau

Year: 1927, 95 mins
Code: PUB-Sunrise

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A sophisticated urban woman seduces a farmer in the hopes that he will murder his neglected wife and join her in the city, but he soon finds himself rekindling his romance with the latter when she discovers their scheme.

Boasting masterful cinematography to match its well-acted, wonderfully romantic storyline, Sunrise is perhaps the final - and arguably definitive - statement of the silent era.

"F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) conquered time and gravity with a freedom that was startling to its first audiences. To see it today is to be astonished by the boldness of its visual experimentation. Murnau was one of the greatest of the German expressionists; his Nosferatu (1922) invented the vampire movie, and his The Last Laugh (1924) became famous for doing away altogether with intertitles and telling the story entirely with images.

Summoned to the United States by William Fox to make a film for his new studio, Murnau worked with the cinematographers Charles Rosher and Karl Struss to achieve an extraordinary stylistic breakthrough."    Roger Ebert

 

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