Wow! I would like to announce the winner of the first film on this list that made my heart melt. It’s F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A song of Two Humans. This is a story of a married man whose mistress tries to talk him into killing his wife so they can be together. Sunrise should be a wake-up call to all married couples to appreciate the love that is standing right in front of them. To appreciate who you have in your life and never take those people for granted. It’s hard to believe that a film this romantic would be made by F.W. Murnau, the director of Nosferatu.
Awww! Isn’t that cute? Never get tired watching that. The chemistry between the two leads will make you smile. That’s one thing among others what I love about classic films is that romance is told in a sweet and touching way instead of how it is now where it’s so erotic the chemistry simmers down and you see more lust than you do love. In Sunrise, the way The Man holds The Wife in his arms as he kisses her, you can see that she is his whole world. You really believed the love this couple had for each other. Especially in the many cute scenes of their romantic adventures- that showing love for each other doesn’t always have to be in the privacy of the bedroom but in getting your photo taken and going to a carnival. How would you show the one you love how much you love them?
Sunrise was a first for many things. It won three awards at the first ever Oscars for it’s own version of Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Janet Gaynor for Best Actress. It also is a breakthrough for camera tracking shots such as the trolley scene. Can you guess how much the street set cost? $200,000. I was also impressed with the scene where The Man and The Wife walk into the street and you see in the foreground the setting change right in front of them where first it’s a city and then turns into the country. You know what that’s called? Rear-projection.
Most importantly, this is the first film to have an actual musical soundtrack and sound effects which were very useful for the carnival scene. There wasn’t a lot of inter-tiles because Murnau didn’t like to them. In this case, I believe less is more. I guarantee you that this film will turn anyone into a person of romance if you aren’t already. You’ll see a married couple’s love grow stronger with a climax that will keep you in suspense and major feels.
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