F. W. Murnau, Germany's finest director, was imported to Hollywood in July 1926. William Fox of the Fox Film Corporation promised and gave him complete artistic freedom. Fox told Murnau to take his time, spend whatever he had to, and make any film he wished to make. The film that resulted was Sunrise, made entirely without studio interference. Sunrise, a psychological thriller from the silent movie era, begins when the pleasant and peaceful life of a naive country Man (George O'Brien) is turned upside down when he falls for a cold-blooded yet seductive Woman from the City (Margaret Livingston). She persuades him to drown his virtuous Wife (Janet Gaynor) in order to be with her. This is one of the most moving stories ever told on screen - a tale of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration, and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity that gives it the timeless universality of a fable.
One of the Great Silent Films.
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans review by Steve Mason
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Rural melodrama is the ultimate example of the visual reach of silent cinema. A medium that, in this film , achieved its apogee, just as it was destroyed by Al Jolson singing Mammy in the Jazz Singer.
This is a simple tale of a country couple whose marriage is threatened by a woman from the city, who convinces the husband to kill his wife. A technically innovative film which carries a huge emotional clout and has a visual power that has never let go.
This is FW Murnau's testament. The great German director dead shortly after following a car crash. Still enchanting us, still provoking our tears.
A commentary track by ASC cinematographer John Bailey
Outtakes with optional commentary
The original scenario by Carl Mayer with Murnau's handwritten annotations
The original Sunrise screenplay
4 Devils reconstruction, treatment and screenplay
Original theatrical trailer
This disc includes the main feature.
This disc includes the following special features:
- "Murnau's 4 Devils: Traces of a lost film"
- "A song of two humans"
- Feature Outtakes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Restoration Notes
- Stills Gallery
- Sunrises Screenplay
- 4 Devils Screen Play