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.
While the cinematography is quite charming and the superimposed images were probably revolutionary and striking in their time...
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 T... read more
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
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July 3, 2012
The ultimate silent film, released right after the talkies had already become a reality. Featuring some splendid superimpositions and impossible camera movements, this wonderful movie is not only an impressive achievement for all its masterful technique but also a beautiful and i...
December 10, 2011
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, humour, tragedy and beauty. Murnau created a timeless silent film that stands up as perhaps one of the greatest films e...
November 13, 2011
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 influenced set designs, to the use of superimpositions, and the masterful use of the camera, this film is a visual feast. The story i...
April 6, 2011
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 to it. If you really like romantic dramas, you'll like it better than I did, but still I want to say that it could have been ...
March 13, 2011
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 makes the film so engaging. Much has to be told within the frame since it is, for the most part, a silent movie.
The story i...
May 22, 2010
A breathtaking example of early cinema courtesy of F.W. Murnau. A young married farmer is having an affair with "a woman from the city." She talks him into a murder plot with his wife as the victim. The story isn't anything special, but the performances are excellent, particularl...
April 16, 2010
Held aloft by director F. W. Murnau's visual genius, Sunrise is one of the greatest silent films ever made, and a wonderful example of the medium's capabilities, then and now. Beautiful, dark and luminous, and astonishing even today, it has exerted a profound influence on countle...
December 13, 2009
Majestic, lyrical, endlessly beautiful tale of redemption. Murnau was one of the few gifted artists capable of translating all the intensity, horror, magic and mistery of human sentiments on celluloid as perfect as this.
November 22, 2008
the age old story of the evil city woman lol. the film is really quite stunning. it starts off full of dread but continues through humor and pathos very artfully. the city scenes are priceless. definitely one of the best silent films i've watched
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