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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Carl Mayer (scenario), Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by) | 2 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #178 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... The Man
Janet Gaynor ... The Wife
Margaret Livingston ... The Woman From the City
Bodil Rosing ... The Maid
J. Farrell MacDonald ... The Photographer (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Ralph Sipperly Ralph Sipperly ... The Barber
Jane Winton ... The Manicure Girl
Arthur Housman ... The Obtrusive Gentleman
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... The Obliging Gentleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vondell Darr Vondell Darr
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Storyline

In this fable-morality subtitled "A Song of Two Humans", the "evil" temptress is a city woman who bewitches farmer Anses and tries to convince him to murder his neglected wife, Indre. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanecer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the superimpositions throughout the film were created "in the camera". The camera would shoot one image at the side of the frame, blacking out the rest of the shot, then expose the film. They would put the exposed film back into the camera and shoot again, blocking out the area that already had an image on it. See more »

Goofs

When the Farmer is holding his son, he sets him on his Wife's lap twice. See more »

Quotes

The Woman From the City: Tell me! You are all mine?
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Alternate Versions

The Blu-Ray Disc release features the American version of the movie with 2 scores - the original American score, and an alternate, more recently-recorded one. See more »

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An Artistic Masterpiece & Also A Joy To Watch
2 January 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is one of the few movies that fully deserves all the raves that it gets. Some movies are artistic masterpieces more to be admired than enjoyed, leaving the viewer feeling a little distant; other movies can be enjoyable and satisfying to watch, but with obvious artistic defects. "Sunrise" is a nearly perfect movie that is impressive in every detail, and it is also a joy to watch, offering moments of suspense and tension and other moments of humor and humanity.

The story provides a very thoughtful look at the importance and the fragile nature of human relationships. Janet Gaynor is wonderful as the wife - she is always believable, endearing, and completely sympathetic. George O'Brien is also good as the husband, and both of their performances are enhanced by director Murnau's use of their body language. There are also many minor touches in the settings and action that help guide the story and the mood, and it is all complemented by some fine camera work. The first time you watch the film, your attention is fixed on the leading couple, as you hope against hope that things will work out all right for them. Repeated viewings reveal many of the other fine details that make everything work so well.

The movie also has plenty of variety and a masterful structure. The first part and the last part are tense and full of suspense, but they sandwich a very enjoyable series of lighter vignettes in the middle, which make a perfect complement both to the story and to the tone of the movie.

It is very difficult these days to track down this movie, which is a real shame, and even when you do find it you generally have to make do with a rather fuzzy or defective print. But it is well worth the trouble, and "Sunrise" is highly recommended to any silent film fan or to anyone who can appreciate a movie made the way that movies ought to be made. It is not only one of the great masterpieces of the silent era, but is as good a film as any made since.


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