Was slightly startled at first when the central conflict was resolved after half an hour and the movie turned into a celebration of happiness, a "song of two humans" (and a pig). Then realised that this merrymaking only set up the last act and imbued it with so much more emotional heft. Brilliant cinematography, stunningly beautiful - those images will never feel dated.
One of Murnau's finest works, w/ great usage of juxtapositions: black & white, sun & moon, etc. Some of the best shot silent film scenes that exist found here & Fejos' Lonesome. It's a shame sound came when it did, as the artform found unparalleled greatness at the time before the shift. The acting is beautiful, not hokey in the least. Cool to see Winton in a cameo prior to her breakout role in The Patsy. Essential.
One of the best movies made during the silent period. It is a simple story but it is great due to the mix of genres. Sometimes it is a thriller then a comedy, then a romance. It is brilliantly artistic film with a great chemistry between the two leads and the cinematography of shadows blended with light is gorgeous.
Murnau goes Hollywood and makes the best Hollywood silent by far and it is merely my third favorite of 1927! What a great year that was for silent cinema, with Sunrise being the perfect example of something so bittersweet. A perfect love story, if there ever was one.
4-5. Holy Hell; how do you even approach a movie as talked up as this one with a fresh review? It's beaming with warm poeticism, and gorgeous shots. What starts as a tale of murderous, conflicted temptation morphs into a warm reverie of affection and marital rebirth. The film's use of location is pitch-perfect, transforming an 'other'd city into a vivacious hub where love blossoms anew. I absolutely loved it.
Re-rating this (still a 5) after seeing it on 35 at Film Forum. Not everything in it works, but the peaks are close to godliness. Murnau excels at creating an anywhere-yet-nowhere world, and if you think the plot is too close to Griffith-style moralizing against modern life, consider that the husband and wife fall back in love when they sample the "sinful" city. Bonus points for a close up of a drunken pig.