Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.
Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.
The first film German expressionist director F. W. Murnau made in Hollywood, Sunrise is widely considered to be the pinnacle of silent-era filmmaking.
Murnau used almost no titles cards and employed synch sound for music and effects only, relying almost exclusively on his atmospheric visuals to tell the deceptively simple story of a tempted married man and his devoted wife. (110 mins., 35mm)
$5 senior citizens
$7 general public