History Film / Sunrise

27th Mar '18 9:46:08 PM Mdumas43073
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Full title: ''Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans''. A 1927 film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F. W. Murnau]]. It was his first American film and won two Oscars at the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony: Best Cinematography and Best Artistic Quality of Production (an alternate Best Picture award that existed only that year). It is perhaps best known for its massive critical acclaim (even over 80 years later) and for either inventing or perfecting many of the camera, special effects and storytelling techniques we take for granted now.

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Full title: ''Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans''. A Humans'' is a 1927 silent drama film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F. W. Murnau]]. It was his first American film and won two Oscars at the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony: Best Cinematography and Best Artistic Quality of Production (an alternate Best Picture award that existed only that year). It is perhaps best known for its massive critical acclaim (even over 80 years later) and for either inventing or perfecting many of the camera, special effects and storytelling techniques we take for granted now.
26th Mar '18 8:14:30 PM HeraldAlberich
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The story follows a rural man (George O'Brien) who, under the influence of an urban temptress (Margaret Livingston), plans to kill his wife (Gaynor) by pushing her out of a boat. He can't go through with it, though: the couple continue their boat ride to TheCity, where they reconcile and have a day's worth of innocent adventures. But AStormIsComing...

''Sunrise'' is considered a stylistic masterpiece and is the UrExample, TropeMaker or TropeCodifier of many now-common camera and special effects techniques like EpicTrackingShot and ForcedPerspective. Its lyrical camera movement and minimal use of intertitles are typical of Murnau, and [[GermanExpressionism German Expressionist]] influence shows in the oversized sets of the amusement park where much of the film takes place and in the juxtaposition of outdoorsy tactile details with soundstage artificiality in the village scenes. But the setting is not disturbing in itself, as it is in many German Expressionist films (the fractured brainscapes of ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', the cold machine-world of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the corrupt antiquation of Murnau's own ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''). Instead, it functions as an unobtrusive, archetypal backdrop for what is in essence a modern fable.

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The story follows a rural man (George O'Brien) who, under the influence of an urban temptress (Margaret Livingston), plans to kill his wife (Gaynor) (Janet Gaynor) by pushing her out of a boat. He can't go through with it, though: the couple continue their boat ride to TheCity, where they reconcile and have a day's worth of innocent adventures. But AStormIsComing...

''Sunrise'' is considered a stylistic masterpiece and is the UrExample, TropeMaker or TropeCodifier of many now-common camera and special effects techniques like EpicTrackingShot and ForcedPerspective. Its lyrical camera movement and minimal use of intertitles are typical of Murnau, and [[GermanExpressionism German Expressionist]] {{German Expressionis|m}}t influence shows in the oversized sets of the amusement park where much of the film takes place and in the juxtaposition of outdoorsy tactile details with soundstage artificiality in the village scenes. But the setting is not disturbing in itself, as it is in many German Expressionist films (the fractured brainscapes of ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', the cold machine-world of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the corrupt antiquation of Murnau's own ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''). Instead, it functions as an unobtrusive, archetypal backdrop for what is in essence a modern fable.



The film was selected for preservation in the inaugural year of the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry (1989).

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The film was selected for preservation in the inaugural year of the Library of Congress' Congress's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry (1989).



* EvilDetectingDog: When the Man takes the Wife out on the lake, their dog knows something is up.

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* EvilDetectingDog: When the Man takes the Wife out on the lake, their dog knows something is up. He slips his leash and tries to come along to protect her, but the Man takes him back before returning to the boat.



* [[FunWithSubtitles Fun With Intertitles]]: When the Woman asks the Man "Couldn't she be drowned?", the titles melt and fall to the bottom of the screen.

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* [[FunWithSubtitles Fun With with Intertitles]]: When the Woman asks the Man "Couldn't she be drowned?", the titles melt and fall to the bottom of the screen.



* HostileWeather: Which nearly kills The Man and The Wife.
* ImportantHaircut: The Man gets a shave, getting rid of his scruffy beard, symbolic of being renewed and cleaning himself.

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* HostileWeather: Which nearly kills The Man and The Wife.
Wife. Ironically, the bulrushes the Man planned to use to aid in his murder end up saving them both.
* ImportantHaircut: The Man gets a shave, getting rid of his scruffy beard, symbolic of being renewed and cleaning cleansing himself.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The plan was to make the wife's drowning look like an accident.
* MessyPig: One gets loose at a restaurant.
* TheMistress: The Woman From The City.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Everywhere.'' The scene where the Man tries to murder his Wife is pretty scary. After that the narrative is tragic for a while, then it morphs into something like a country-bumpkin-in-the-city comedy, then it's quite romantic and sweet as the Man and the Wife sail home under the moon, and then the storm happens...

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The plan was is to make the wife's drowning look like an accident.
accident. The husband is supposed to save himself by using some bulrushes as a life raft, then scatter them on his way to shore to hide the evidence.
* MessyPig: One gets loose at from a restaurant.
carnival game and runs into a restaurant. The Man uses his farming skills to wrangle it when none of the city boys can manage it.
* TheMistress: The Woman From from the City has already seduced the Man when the story begins. The City.
Wife obviously knows something is up, but is unwilling to confront him.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Everywhere.'' The scene where the Man nearly tries to murder his Wife is pretty scary. After that the narrative is tragic for a while, then it morphs into something like a country-bumpkin-in-the-city comedy, then it's quite romantic and sweet as the Man and the Wife sail home under the moon, and then the storm happens...



* UnstoppableRage: When it seems that the Wife has drowned in the storm, the Man is stricken with grief, while the Woman from the City thinks everything has gone according to plan. She tries to get the Man to run away with her, pissing him off so badly he almost kills ''her'' before the Wife is found alive.



* WeddingDay: The Man and Wife stumble upon a wedding in the City, leading to their reconciliation.

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* WeddingDay: The Man and Wife stumble upon a wedding in the City, leading to their reconciliation. The Man only seems to realize just how far he's fallen when he hears the groom vowing to love and protect the bride until death do them part.



18th Dec '17 11:02:47 AM jamespolk
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* CityMouse: The Woman, with her tight dresses and heels, obviously doesn't fit in the rural village. And she knows it, which is why she wants the Man to come to the city with her.
18th Dec '17 10:59:47 AM jamespolk
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The story follows a rural man (George O'Brien) who, under the influence of an urban temptress (Margaret Livingston), plans to kill his wife (Gaynor) by pushing her out of a boat. He can't go through with it, though: the couple continue their boat ride to TheCity, where they reconcile and have a day's worth of innocent adventures.

But when they begin to row home, a storm rises, the boat sinks, and the man believes his wife to be dead.

The temptress approaches the man again, but this time he rejects her; he is about to strangle her when villagers arrive with news of his wife's survival. He abandons his erstwhile mistress and returns to his wife. The film ends with them together, watching the sun rise.

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The story follows a rural man (George O'Brien) who, under the influence of an urban temptress (Margaret Livingston), plans to kill his wife (Gaynor) by pushing her out of a boat. He can't go through with it, though: the couple continue their boat ride to TheCity, where they reconcile and have a day's worth of innocent adventures.

adventures. But when they begin to row home, a storm rises, the boat sinks, and the man believes his wife to be dead.

The temptress approaches the man again, but this time he rejects her; he is about to strangle her when villagers arrive with news of his wife's survival. He abandons his erstwhile mistress and returns to his wife. The film ends with them together, watching the sun rise.
AStormIsComing...


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* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Played with. The church bells ring in a doom-y way as the man takes the wife out on what's supposed to be a fatal boat ride. But when they ring again, making higher notes, they help snap him out of it.
17th Dec '17 9:17:40 PM Mdumas43073
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* FascinatingEyebrow: The photographer raises his eye brow fashionably when the couple leaves his studio.

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* FascinatingEyebrow: The photographer raises his eye brow eyebrow fashionably when the couple leaves his studio.studio.
* TheFlapper: The Woman from the City is a combination of this and TheVamp.
26th Jun '17 2:27:35 PM eroock
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11th Jun '17 7:29:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DownOnTheFarm: Setting for the first part, contrasting with the latter portion when the couple goes to the City.



* DownOnTheFarm: Setting for the first part, contrasting with the latter portion when the couple goes to the City.
11th Dec '16 2:27:56 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HostileWeather: Which nearly kills The Man and The Wife.



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5th Sep '15 7:00:30 PM nombretomado
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The film was selected for preservation in the inaugural year of the Library of Congress' NationalFilmRegistry (1989).

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The film was selected for preservation in the inaugural year of the Library of Congress' NationalFilmRegistry UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry (1989).
20th May '15 5:03:40 PM nombretomado
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Full title: ''Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans''. A 1927 film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F. W. Murnau]]. It was his first American film and won two Oscars at the first AcademyAward ceremony: Best Cinematography and Best Artistic Quality of Production (an alternate Best Picture award that existed only that year). It is perhaps best known for its massive critical acclaim (even over 80 years later) and for either inventing or perfecting many of the camera, special effects and storytelling techniques we take for granted now.

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Full title: ''Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans''. A 1927 film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F. W. Murnau]]. It was his first American film and won two Oscars at the first AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony: Best Cinematography and Best Artistic Quality of Production (an alternate Best Picture award that existed only that year). It is perhaps best known for its massive critical acclaim (even over 80 years later) and for either inventing or perfecting many of the camera, special effects and storytelling techniques we take for granted now.



Janet Gaynor won the first ever AcademyAward for Best Actress for this film, as well as ''[[Film/SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' and ''Street Angel'' (at that first ceremony, the acting awards were given for one's body of work during the year).

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Janet Gaynor won the first ever AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actress for this film, as well as ''[[Film/SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' and ''Street Angel'' (at that first ceremony, the acting awards were given for one's body of work during the year).
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