AFI #82 – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Sunrise PosterSunrise: A Song of Two Humans


Directed by F. W. Murnau

Netflix says… Director F. W. Murnau’s emotional odyssey stars George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor as a country couple whose marriage is threatened when O’Brien falls prey to cosmopolitan temptress Margaret Livingston’s feminine wiles. Imbued with an intoxicating ambiance in style and substance, the lyrical silent film–which is, by turns, quixotic, blissful, sensual, and terrifying–chalked up Academy Awards for Best Actress (Gaynor) and Best Cinematography.

I’m not sure what there is to say about this movie. Maybe it was the lack of speaking, but I kind of found this one a little hard to follow. I guess I can’t really say I’m a fan of the silent picture. Absolutely not in my personal top 100. And there’s a pretty good chance I’ll never put myself through watching this movie again. Ever. And I don’t mean to offend anyone who does enjoy this movie. It’s just not for me.

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