A Song of Two Humans

DVD - 2002 | Limited ed.
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A villager in love with a city woman tries to kill his wife; later he repents and spends a happy day with her.


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Another masterpiece from the German Expressionist filmmaker F.W. Muranu, Sunrise is a romantic drama filled with innovative tracking shots and cinematography that manages to stand the test of time.

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Dec 31, 2015

Fox Films brought German silent film master, F. W. Murnau, to Hollywood to make his 1927 masterpiece “Sunrise.” This melded the superior artistry of Germany to the superior technical tools to produce what is considered to be one of the top five or ten films of all times, “Sunrise.” The film combines romance, treachery, attempted murder, city scenes, and storm scenes which were not even dreamed possible until this film came out. Remember, this film was made in 1927. Today’s technology and digitization of today’s films cannot outdo the 1927 artistic genius of this film. If you view only one silent film in your life, perhaps this should be the one.

Dec 05, 2014

It’s summertime and in an idyllic resort town a simple farmer is lured away from his infant son and golden-haired wife (an angelic Janet Gaynor) by the seductive charms of a brunette temptress from the Big Bad City. Forsaking all he once held dear the man prepares to follow his lover wherever she may lead but first he’ll have to follow her advice and sell the farm then get rid of his adoring wife by staging a boating accident and letting her drown… F. W. Murnau’s silent classic is a heady mix of dark melodrama, erotic potboiler, and light comedy, all tied together by some amazing visual effects (an urban carnival takes on surreal overtones) and a lively orchestral score. Not one for understatement, Murnau splashes the small screen with fanciful images of pastoral bliss and moonlit embraces which he then contrasts, sometimes jarringly, with scenes of howling tempests and metropolitan chaos—his “big city” actually an elaborate outdoor soundstage. A beautifully overdone morality play whose grandiose staging and powerful performances make its somewhat facile message of love and forgiveness all the more palatable.


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