Saturday, March 20, 2010

#75 Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans: Of no place and every place

1927. dir. F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston.

Seen it before? No.

Here we go with another ridiculous silent movie. This won the Oscar for "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" which is not quite the same as the current "Best Picture" Oscar. Or maybe it is, I'm not sure...

The characters don't have names. The Man (George O'Brien) is married to The Woman (Janet Gaynor) but is having an affair with The Woman From The City (Margaret Livingston). She's bad news! She smokes cigarettes and bobs her hair. She tries to get The Man to kill The Woman, sell his farm, and move to the city. There's really not much here in the way of plot. What is interesting about this movie is the pioneering use of visual effects and set design.

This is worth seeing if you're interested in film history. Unlike some of the other films we've watched from this era (like Metropolis), the picture here looks pretty good. This despite the original negatives having been destroyed in a fire in 1937.

Position on the list: 188
Uh, I don't get it: The pig. Was that a real carnival game from the 1920's? Because it looks awesome.

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