<i>Sunrise—A song of Two Humans.</i> 1927. USA. Directed by F. W. Murnau
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927. USA. F. W. Murnau. 90 min.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927. USA. Directed by F. W. Murnau. Screenplay by Carl Mayer. Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Karl Struss. With George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing. Prepared in Germany by Murnau and Mayer, but shot at Fox, Sunrise revolutionized American film. With directors like John Ford, Frank Borzage, and Raoul Walsh taking notes on the Fox lot, Murnau’s lighting, moving camera, and other innovations had a greater effect on the development of the medium than anything since the glory days of D. W. Griffith a decade earlier. The film won a special Oscar for “Artistic Quality of Production.” Rosher had a long career photographing stars like Mary Pickford and Esther Williams, but he never attained a higher peak. Struss, a distinguished still photographer, went on to shoot Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Limelight. Murnau died tragically four years later. Original music track. 90 min.

In the Film exhibition The Aesthetics of Shadow, Part 2: Europe and America

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