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Director:
Writers:
Carl Mayer (scenario)
Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1927 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A bittersweet symphony of life and love See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George O'Brien ... The Man

Janet Gaynor ... The Wife

Margaret Livingston ... The Woman From the City
Bodil Rosing ... The Maid
J. Farrell MacDonald ... The Photographer (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Ralph Sipperly ... The Barber

Jane Winton ... The Manicure Girl
Arthur Housman ... The Obtrusive Gentleman
Eddie Boland ... The Obliging Gentleman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vondell Darr
Herman Bing ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Dance Hall Manager (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Manager of Hair Salon (uncredited)

Sally Eilers ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Angry Driver (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson ... Performer - Song: 'Tozo' (uncredited)
Thomas Jefferson ... Old Seaman (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Villager (uncredited)

F.W. Murnau ... Dancer (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Boy (uncredited)

Sally Phipps ... Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Carnival Gallery Man with Pig (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Leo White ... Barber (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Money Lender (uncredited)

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
 
Writing credits
Carl Mayer (scenario)

Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by)

Katherine Hilliker (titles) and
H.H. Caldwell (titles)

Produced by
William Fox .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (Los Angeles premiere) (uncredited)
Carli Elinor (Los Angeles premiere) (uncredited)
Erno Rapee (New York premiere) (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld (1928) (uncredited)
Willy Schmidt-Gentner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photography)
Karl Struss (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold D. Schuster (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Rochus Gliese (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Charlie Dudley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herman Bing .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Alfred Metscher .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Edgar G. Ulmer .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gordon Wiles .... art department head (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank D. Williams .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Max M. Autrey .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hal Carney .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stuart Thompson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator: Erno Rapee score (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Fox .... presents
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min | Germany:106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent (alternate version)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S (2012) | Finland:K-16 (1928) | Germany:6 | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | South Korea:15 (2004) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Was the first and only film to win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) 'Best Picture' award in the category of "Artistic Quality of Production" (or "Unique and Artistic Picture"). This was the only year that this award was ever given out.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The number of bottles left on the table after the piglet bumps it changes between shots. There are five bottles when the piglet bumps it, but when the Man comes in and grabs the piglet there are seven bottles on it.See more »
Quotes:
[opening title cards]
Title Card:This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place; you might hear it anywhere, at any time.
Title Card:For wherever the sun rises and sets, in the city's turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.
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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A bittersweet symphony of life and love, 16 October 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Before the movie starts properly, Sunrise professes that life is sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet, and that is exactly what this film is; a bittersweet symphony of life and love. Flamboyant German director, F.W. Murnau directs this film with a great love and precision, his direction in the movie is flawless. Sunrise features very little story cards, and it almost totally told with just visuals and music. This is a testament to Murnau's talent for storytelling; to portray a story without dialogue is something that all silent films have to do, but to tell a story without many story cards either is something that many directors would struggle to do. The music in Sunrise is simply sublime; it fits what's going on in the film to a tee, and also succeeds in making the visuals' power more potent. Sunrise is a groundbreaking film, some of the techniques used by Murnau to tell his story are amazing, especially for the time. Techniques such as his use of flashback have had a major impact on cinema as a whole.

And the film isn't just a technical marvel either; there is more than enough substance here. The plot isn't massively substantial, but it's the subtext that is important. It follows the story of a man who, tempted by a woman from the city, gets talked into murdering his wife. Him and his wife used to be madly in love, described by their maid as 'being like children', but the love has since stagnated and so the man is easily taken in by an offer from a beautiful to move to the city. However, when it comes to doing the act; he can't do, and so the film moves into following the two falling back into love. Like life itself, the film is never plain sailing and that seems to be it's central message, along with the fact that love is more powerful than anything that life can throw at you. And those are welcome messages in any film, especially one as brilliant as this.

Overall, Sunrise is a masterpiece. It easily ranks as one of the best, and most important silent films ever made and it is as brilliantly technically as it is on the substance front. A must see for all fans of cinema.

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