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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Movie Reviews

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04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is officially one of the best productions Hollywood ever did during the Golden Age. After establishing his brilliant and visionary reputation through the horror genre, creating timeless and unsurpassable masterpieces such as Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) and Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926), he moved to America and tried with a totally different genre. He succeeded. In fact, he had so much success, that Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans won a unique Academy Award. It is one of the best romantic stories ever told in cinema history and one of the most complete films that may ever be seen. It immediately relies its talent, honesty and emotional power on the most beloved, accessible and heartwarming genres of cinema. This project wa...

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09/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

You don't need sound to be exuberant.

This film is so mature for its age, for a number of reasons.

The editing: every shot tells a story by itself and every cut leaves my mood in a different position.
Murnau even used the film's disadvantage to his advantage. Since talkies were uncommon at that time, title cards were used to express dialogue. The clever tactic here was to sometimes insert a flashback after a title card, then go back to it. I can't explain it thoroughly now, but it's very effective in the movie. Other slides are filled with creativity, like dragging or fading in words. It's remarkable.

The music that accompanies the silent scenes in this film is often breathtaking.
I usually fancy something similar to Charlie Chaplin's musical choices, like the whimsical score of Modern Times, but this music is though-...

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05/30/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans review

In the introduction: "Under the open sky on the farm...life is much the same; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet." One of the most complete silent films probably ever produced that utilizes animals, weather, realistic sets and various symbolism's by just focusing on the faces of the artists. Back in the day where entertainment was simple thru convincing acting to show emotions and brilliant direction. A complete movie experience that is truly inspiring and vibrant. One would wonder how certain scenes were created because of its era of production.

A Woman from the City (Margaret Livingston) gets in-between the Man (George O'Brien) and the Wife (Janet Gaynor) who lives with their child. The Man and Woman meet and discuss on moving to the city together. The Man and Wife then stumble ...

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