Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans



(1927, F.W. Murnau)

Magical and technically advanced film with a fine script–because the plot focuses so early on tragedy, the comedy of the film’s middle section is amplified and more satisfying. Performances, cinematography and art direction are masterful throughout, and its dreamlike imagery shouldn’t be missed.



Posted on April 3, 2008, in Film log, Top 1000 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Cinema was really becoming a pure art form in the mid-late ’20s. I think the talkies blustered in and sent the focus back to entertainment — not a bad thing, necessarily, but a bit sad. I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than Murnau’s Sunrise.

    I also recommend Vidor’s The Crowd, if you haven’t seen it.

  2. Just recently saw The Crowd, and you’re right, they’re definitely related in tone and vision. Both are fantastic.

    Then they had to go and put voices in. Sigh. Oh well, I’m guessing the Marx Brothers wouldn’t have worked in film otherwise. Or maybe just Harpo would have.

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