Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Scene from the film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
image from F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE
image from F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE

One of the last and perhaps the greatest of all silent films, Murnau’s Sunrise is a visually stunning and dramatic picture.

Utilizing the medium’s great potential for telling suspenseful stories, this picture tells of an idyllic country marriage shattered by a big city temptress.

Murnau’s roots in German Expressionist film are apparent in the dazzling settings and exquisitely choreographed scenes. Repeatedly voted one of the best films of all time, it won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Artistic Quality of Production, in addition to Best Actress for Gaynor.

According to David Pierce, curator of the British Film Institute’s Film and Television Archive, "Sunrise has gained a reputation as one of the most significant and influential films of all time. [It] has been cited as an influence by contemporary filmmakers, including cinematographers Néstor Almendros and John Bailey, and directors Neil Jordan and Baz Lurhmann. In 2002 Sunrise placed seventh on Sight and Sound Magazine’s critics’ poll of the best films of all time.”

The film will be presented with its original recorded score.