F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927)
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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
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
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