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Sunrise

Dir: F.W. Murnau
Cast: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor
94mins   1927   US   U   English    Subtitled   

Words Without Sound silent film festival

Winner of the first ever Academy Award for Cinematography, Sunrise is now heralded as one of the greatest films ever made. F.W Murnau,  director of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, brought the striking visual style of the German expressionist film makers of the 1920's to Hollywood in this allegorical tale about one man's fight against temptation - the forces of both good and evil embodied in turn by his loving wife and a character simply known as 'The Woman from the City', a sophisticated stranger whose goal is to lead him astray.

Screened as part of the Words Without Sound silent film festival, preceded on Sunday by The Passion of Joan of Arc.

'Sunrise by Murnau proves a masterpiece' - New York Times

'The Film of films - the best picture of this year, last year and all the years before' - New York Daily News