Sunrise

"Excellent"

Sunrise Review


One of the first psychological thrillers ever made, F.W. Murnau's silent Sunrise is as dark as they come. Here we find a city-dwelling woman vacationing in the country, where she falls for a married man. The woman (none of the characters are given names) convinces her lover to off his wife in a drowning "accident," so the new couple can be together back in the city. That's just the first 20 minutes.

One of the most gripping silent films ever made, Murnau proved decades ahead of his time with camerawork here in this "song of two humans." The acting, for once, is subtle and compelling, with extremely few title cards (all of which are in English). It's a far cry from the histrionics of Keaton and Chaplin (though a bit of slapstick can't be avoided), and you may just find that, despite your modern sensibilities, you like the silents after all.

Based on the German story Die Reise Nach Varna.



Sunrise

Facts and Figures

Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Friday 4th November 1927

Distributed by: Fox Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Fresh: 47 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: F.W. Murnau

Producer:

Starring: George O'Brien as The Man (Anses), as The Wife (Indre), as The Woman from the City, as The Maid, J. Farrell MacDonald as The Photographer, Ralph Sipperly as The Barber, Jane Winton as The Manicure Gir, Arthur Housman as The Obtrusive Gentleman, Eddie Boland as The Obliging Gentleman, Gino Corrado as Manager of Hair Salon, as Angry driver

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