Overall Rank: 242
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 57
Theatrical Release Date: 06/06/1927
Genre: Drama, Crime
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors: Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien, J. Farrell McDonald, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, Ralph Sipperly
Plot: 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 - wrote on 09/02/2013
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.
Alaine - wrote on 12/09/2011
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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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
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 …
memento_mori - wrote on 09/24/2013
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/30/2013
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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