Monday, March 22, 2010

#75 Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans - Some women give the rest of us a bad name...

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

Seen it before? No.

See Donnie Darko if you want to know when I'm going to write mine....

I understand that older movies didn't have the technology to create talking pictures. I understand that a lot of the actors in silent films didn't translate well (read - sound good) in "talkies." But this movie pinpointed something that rings true today as it did (probably) back in the late twenties.

A man (a farmer) is married to a woman and has a child with her. They live in the country in a place that city-folk frequent for vacation. There is a character called 'the woman from the city' who is having an affair with the farmer/man. She is SO wicked she tells him to kill his wife by taking her out on a boat, pushing her into the water and leaving her to drown. The intent, of course, is to get the wife out of the way so the two can sell the farm and move to the city...

I won't tell you what happens because you should see it for yourself (or at the very least read the synopsis on

Haven't we seen this story before? probably.
Watch it again? Sure
Own it? Nah

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