Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

Film: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (158/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

Guess I'm really on a silent film kick! Sunrise is a really lovely film, with a very simple story embellished by an expressionist look and special effects that were very cutting-edge at the time. The world feels like a fairy tale, title cards are few and far between, and the story relies on the actors' emotions to tell the story. It does drag a little in the middle, but it looks like a dream. The couple floats through a busy street. The phantom image of the mistress clutches to her lover. Even the title cards drift and melt and become a part of the story. It's no wonder that this film won the Academy Award for "Best Unique and Artistic Picture," an award that this film alone has won. This is what silent film is all about, it's a type of art that's completely different from sound films. Really worth a watch. 

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