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

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Overall Rank:

213

Avg. Rating:

3.31/4

# of Ratings:

52

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Rating:

PG

Language:

German

Theater Date:

06/06/1927

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Actors:

Janet Gaynor
George O'Brien
J. Farrell McDonald
Margaret Livingston
Bodil Rosing
Ralph Sipperly

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A farmer falls in love with a city girl who tries to convince him to murder his wife and make it look like a suicide.

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Snoogans 09/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

A surprisingly beautiful and simplistically entertaining piece of silent filmmaking. The superb visual direction brings more emotion and investment to this story than I've found in any silent film. 'Sunrise' captivates in the way that the emotion of every scene, no matter what kind (romantic, tragic, humorous, etc.), all resonate with strength and conviction. This is a satifying, sometimes moving, and always entertaining watch that best sums up the silent era.

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Shounak Reza 03/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

One of the best films I've ever seen!

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Alaine 12/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This kept me in my chair. I couldn't leave it or look away. It's hypnotic and surprising. Silent film. Usually included in "greatest films ever made" lists.

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mitchellyoung 07/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

A clear example of brilliant visual directing without the use of sound. There are some images and emotions conveyed in this silent film that still hold up today as exceedingly beautiful and memorable. Also a triumph of early editing to tell a story.

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  memento_mori
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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-...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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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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