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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (also known as Sunrise) is a 1927 American silent romantic comedy-drama directed by German director F. W. Murnau.
Why It Rocks
- It's the first feature film released with synchronized sound-on-film using the Fox Movietone system.
- Well-written story, about a man and his wife, that can switch its tone when it was and keep the viewers on track.
- Great actors and complex characters, especially Janet Gaynor who won the Best Actress award for playing the Wife.
- George O'Brien as The Man also deserves credit for his acting skills.
- along with Margaret Livingston who really set the standard for evil women by playing the Woman from the City.
- Even though it's a silent film, hardly any dialogue or title cards appear onscreen, allowing the audience to be able to see the story for more time.
- Breakthrough camera tracking movements that fluidly and sophisticatedly move through space.
- Excellent personality contrasts between the good-hearted Wife from the Country, and the evil Woman from the City, despite neither of them ever meeting each other.
Alternate film posters