Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise represents the art of the wordless cinema at its zenith. Based on the Hermann Sudermann novel A Trip to Tilsit, this "Song of Two Humans" takes place in a colorful farming community, where people from the city regularly take their weekend holidays. Local farmer George O'Brien, happily married to Janet Gaynor, falls under the seductive spell of Margaret Livingston, a temptress from The City. He callously ignores his wife and child and strips his farm of its wealth on behalf… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rich, strange and gorgeous, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise shows what an artist of the late silent era could accomplish cinematically, backed by an open checkbook and fueled by the highest aspirations even in the simplest of morality tales."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"In its artistry, dramatic power and graphic suggestion it goes a long way toward realizing the promise of this foreign director in his former works, notably Faust."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's the brilliant imagery and ground-breaking techniques that make it such a timeless achievement."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is pure cinema: emotionally uplifting, utterly absorbing, sublimely refreshing."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Sunrise may not be the greatest film ever made (as the French critics once declared), but it certainly is one of the most lyrical, stunning, and influential works in cinema history."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For his Hollywood début, in 1927, the German director F. W. Murnau brought a slender story to life with a breathtaking display of cinematic virtuosity, creating one of the masterworks of the art form."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Picturesquely soporific."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"If you need an introduction to silent cinema, F.W. Murnau's 1927 milestone remains a piercingly direct universal drama."
‑ Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
"gives the modern viewer a way to look back at the history of cinema"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"F.W. Murnau's first American film is a tour de force of silent filmmaking."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"F.W. Murnau's career-peak nova, the crowning film from that sacred, edge-of-the-abyss year of 1927."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Released in 1927, the last year of silent film, it's a pinnacle of that lost art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Cinema at its most exhilarating."
‑ , Total Film
"Murnau deftly balances the changes in tone, going from a deep foreboding to complete bliss, and using Expressionistic techniques like forced perspective, wonky set design, and long shadows to project a huge range of emotion."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"One of those seminal works without which modern movies wouldn't exist..."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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