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Sunrise (1927)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (original title)
Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 November 1927 (USA)
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Carl Mayer (scenario), Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Ralph Sipperly ... The Barber
Jane Winton ... The Manicure Girl
Arthur Housman ... The Obtrusive Gentleman
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... The Obliging Gentleman
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Storyline

In this fable-morality subtitled "A Song of Two Humans", the "evil" temptress is a city woman who bewitches farmer Anses and tries to convince him to murder his neglected wife, Indre. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's here! The most human picturization of the art of husband-stealing ever filmed (Print Ad-Highland Democrat, ((Peekskill, NY)) 8 February 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Janet Gaynor wore a blonde wig throughout the film. It attracted a lot of criticism at the time of release as audiences were used to seeing her with long dark hair instead. See more »

Goofs

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

The Maid: They used to be like children, carefree... always happy and laughing... Now he ruins himself for that woman from the city - Money-lenders strip the farm - and his wife sits alone.
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Alternate Versions

Two major versions of the film exist - the version for the American market, and the version for the Czech market. While obviously the same basic film, the Czech version is about 15 minutes shorter and features alternate angles/takes for much of the movie - this was not uncommon in the days of silent films when marketing them abroad. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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A story of two humans.
5 December 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

SUNRISE is easily the greatest film made in the silent era. Murnau's story (or filmed poem, according to the credits) is about a troubled farmer (George O'Brien) and his secret girlfriend (Margaret Livingston) plotting to murder his wife (Janet Gaynor, possibly the sweetest, most likable adult character in film history!) The storyline, the dark, moody photography, the creepy sets (especially that swamp!) makes you think this will be a thriller with an unhappy ending, much like AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. About half-way through the film, Murnau pulls such a daring 180 degree turn with his film, you'll shake your head, and will love it. I doubt film-makers today would try for such a daring move!

It is shame that Murnau died middle aged in 1931. Had he of lived another 30 years, and made films up until the age of Cinemascope, looser censorship, 60's technology, what great films we would have.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunrise See more »

Filming Locations:

Coronado, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,107
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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