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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

  1. It's the first feature film released with synchronized sound-on-film using the Fox Movietone system.
  2. Well-written story, about a man and his wife, that can switch its tone when it was and keep the viewers on track.
  3. Great actors and complex characters, especially Janet Gaynor who won the Best Actress award for playing the Wife.
    1. George O'Brien as The Man also deserves credit for his acting skills.
    2. along with Margaret Livingston who really set the standard for evil women by playing the Woman from the City.
  4. 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.
  5. Breakthrough camera tracking movements that fluidly and sophisticatedly move through space.
  6. 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.


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