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F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927)

Classic Film Night

German director F.W. Murnau was invited to Hollywood and, as an enticement, was given complete creative freedom to film Sunrise (aka Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans).  Filmed right at the end of the silent film era, this allegorical tale of good and evilis considered to be a masterpiece, ranking as in the top 5 of best films made in the history of motion pictures i the BFI’s British Film Institute‘s 2012 critics’ poll.

A farmer (George O’Brien) and his loving wife (Janet Gaylor) live a simple country life that is ripped apart when the farmer becomes besotted by a glamorous temptress from the city (Margaret Livingston).

The film was honoured at the 1st Academy Awards with Best Actress in a Leading Role going to Janet Gaynor, Best Cinematography and Best Unique and Artistic Picture (only awarded once in the history of the Academy Awards)

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