Sunrise: A song of Two Humans (1927) F.W. Murnau
Sunrise: A song of Two Humans (1927) F.W. Murnau
Sunrise: A song of Two Humans (1927) F.W. Murnau

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau | USA | 1927 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 9 Nov 2022

In his remarkable and groundbreaking first Hollywood feature, Murnau takes a simple, universal love story and gives it startling emotional impact through a breathtakingly cinematic combination of lyrical camera movement, model work, expressionistic special effects, early sync sound, German expressionism and American naturalism. In pure visual strokes, mixing the modern and traditional, Murnau creates one of the most moving and fluent works in cinema history. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Janet Gaynor, and beautifully modulated acting by George O’Brien and Margaret Livingston. Script by Carl Mayer.

Format: 35mm
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Source: NFSA
Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
Runtime: 94 mins

Event duration

94 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The Brink of Life: F.W. Murnau, Cinematic Visionary

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888–1931) was a perfectionist, an aesthete and, in many ways, a visionary, whose poetic, painterly, literate and highly cinematic sensibilities brought to the golden age of German cinema new concepts of film form based on a synthesis of all the elements then in vogue – from Caligari-like horrors to an expressionist use of actors’ bodies through to a rugged, sometimes optimistic naturalism (especially in his American period).

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