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F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927)

F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927)

Date & Time

March 12, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Classic Film Night

German director F.W. Murnau was invited to Hollywood and, as an enticement, was given complete creative freedom to film Sunrise (aka Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans).  Filmed right at the end of the silent film era, this allegorical tale of good and evilis considered to be a masterpiece, ranking as in the top 5 of best films made in the history of motion pictures i the BFI’s  British Film Institute‘s 2012 critics’ poll.

A farmer (George O’Brien) and his loving wife (Janet Gaylor) live a simple country life that is ripped apart when the farmer becomes besotted by a glamorous temptress from the city (Margaret Livingston).

The film was honoured at the 1st Academy Awards with Best Actress in a Leading Role going to Janet Gaynor, Best Cinematography and Best Unique and Artistic Picture (only awarded once in the history of the Academy Awards)

FREE — Everyone Welcome

No Booking Required

Sunrise (1952)

Alternate Title: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Directed by F. W. Murnau

Screenplay by Carl Mayer

Based on “The Excursion to Tilsit” by Hermann Sudermann

Starring George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston

95 minutes | Silent

Guest Speaker

The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey, an SMSA member and cinema enthusiast, who returns to an earlier passion for films as a Program Director for a Queensland Cinema Group, now that he has retired after 40 years in the education profession

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Date & Time

March 12, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Mitchell Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

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