Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 1927
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting masterful cinematography to match its well-acted, wonderfully romantic storyline, Sunrise is perhaps the final -- and arguably definitive -- statement of the silent era.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Ninety years on, "Sunrise" still packs a wallop, technically, even if its storyline is a tad melodramatic.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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TIME Magazine

Picturesquely soporific.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A movie in which every single moment is exactly right.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

F.W. Murnau's career-peak nova, the crowning film from that sacred, edge-of-the-abyss year of 1927.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Released in 1927, the last year of silent film, it's a pinnacle of that lost art.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's the brilliant imagery and ground-breaking techniques that make it such a timeless achievement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
The ultimate silent film, released right after the talkies had already become a reality. Featuring some splendid superimpositions and impossible camera… More
Reid Volk
Did you say 1927? Are you kidding me? Murnau's first American film is a visual masterpiece and decades ahead of it's time. From the expressionist… More
Jim Hunter
At his mistress's command, a man takes his wife on a boat ride in order to kill her, but he decides against it, and they have a lovely afternoon together.… More
Aj V
This movie is an incredibly simple romantic drama, with a predictable ending, and it's really slow too. I was expecting more, but that was all there was… More
Shauna Robinson
Quite simply beautiful. One of very few honest and poignant true love stories in cinema. It is very slow paced but highly worthwhile for its moments of romance,… More
Edward Boxler
Sunrise is so timeless because it is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful films ever shot. Every frame is so expertly composed, and I guess that's what… More