Sunrise (FW Murnau, 1927)

What's it about? A couple who have drifted apart rediscover their love for each other in a simple, but engrossing tale.

Is it any good? Technically the film is marvellous, with superimposition, dynamic tracking shots, innovative lighting, ambitious sets and even inventive subtitling used to tell the story. But it’s the simple celebration of love and relationships that captures the heart. And there’s even a drunken piglet thrown in for good measure. Timeless indeed.

I don't trust you. what do others think? German director Murnau's American debut shared Best Picture with Wings at the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929 and was named in the influential Sight & Sound Top 10 films of all time.

Anything else I should know? If you're looking to get into silent movies, you could do worse than start here.

What does the Fonz think? They don't make 'em like they used to.





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