Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

Academy Awards, USA 1929

Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Janet Gaynor
For 7th Heaven and Street Angel
Best Cinematography
Charles Rosher
Karl Struss
Best Art Direction
Rochus Gliese

Fox Film
Directed by F.W. Murnau
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

A farmer is tempted by a vacationing woman from the city, who convinces him to murder his wife by drowning her in a lake. He prepares for the deed by collecting reeds by which he plans to save himself by floating after capsizing their boat. When he can't go through with it, his wife flees for safety by streetcar to the nearby city. He tries to win her back by gifts and flowers, and she eventually succumbs after they stumble on a wedding ceremony. They encounter a storm during the trip back by boat and he fears his wife is drowned. However, she is found alive and they reconcile. Classic Murnau film incorporates some of his expressionistic touches, but it is not enough to overcome its melodramatic tendencies.

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