Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

  1. Saturday, October 15, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Sunrise Ghost

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is one of the great achievements of American silent cinema. The film finds F. W. Murnau, director of Nosferatu and The Last Laugh, bringing his expressionist visual style from Germany to Hollywood for the first time. In so doing, Murnau tells an incredibly moving and visually rich story about a married couple rediscovering their affection for one another. Sunrise starts off within the dark thematic terrain Murnau was best known for, but in traversing through this darkness the film ultimately finds a restored faith in the good of people. Perhaps his greatest achievement, Sunrise exhibits Murnau’s stunning ability to express the range of human emotion through very few words. (35mm)

This film is presented with piano accompaniment by Ethan Uslan.