• Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927. USA. F. W. Murnau. 95 min.

Friday, March 26, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927. USA. Directed by F. W. Murnau. Written by Carl Mayer. Photographed by Charles Rosher, Karl Struss. With George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston. Often cited as the best example of how far silent films had progressed before they were snuffed out by the talkies, Sunrise has retained its reputation during more than eight decades since it won an Academy Award for “Artistic quality of production” at the awards’ first ceremony. After planning the film in Germany with Mayer (1894–1944), who had written The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and several earlier Murnau films, Murnau (1888–1931) was summoned to the Fox Film Corp. in Hollywood. The film’s stunningly photographed, lavish sets created a fluid Fox style which would have an enormous impact on John Ford, Frank Borzage, Raoul Walsh and others. Gaynor won the first acting Oscar (partly for her work in Sunrise), a major achievement in the heyday of Lillian Gish and Greta Garbo. Silent, with music track. 95 min.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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