Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans (1927)

I recently had a chance to see this silent-era classic film by F.W. Murnau on the big screen and I was amazed by it´s stunning quality. The direction of this film is almost perfect and I loved the fact that the story (even if the plot is a bit simple: the classic love triangle) is mainly told through visuals.
Murnau is able to create every kind of emotion during the picture: drama, comedy, joy, fear... And you definitly feel that words, and sound for that matter, are almost unnecessary.
The acting is almost flawless. George O´ Brien manages to transfigure himself throughout the story and Janet Gaynor (who looks a lot like Drew Barrymore) also puts on a very strong performance.
For a lot of reasons Nosferatu (1922) is my favorite Murnau film. But this amazing "song of two humans" left me dazzled by it´s beautiful and "ahead of it´s time" visuals.
Highly recomended if you are into silent films or if you plan to start checking them out.

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