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Sunrise is a drama film released on September 23, 1927 and produced by Fox Film Coporation.  The film was directed by F. W. Murnau and was written by Carl Mayer and is based off a story written by Hermann. Sunrise was produced by William Fox, and starred Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien and Margaret Livingston.


Sunrise is about a married farmer who falls under thespell of a woman from the city, who is trying to convince him to break up with his wife.  After its release the film received 1 nomination, and celebrated 2 various wins and 3 Academy Awards in 1929 for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography and Best Picture.

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CastGeorge O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, John Farrell MacDonald, Jane Winton, Arthur Houseman, Eddie Boland, Sidney Bracey, Gino Corrado, Sally Eilers, Bob Kortman, Gibson Gowland, Edward Arnold, Barry Norton, Phillips Smalley
DirectorFriedrich Wilhelm (F.W.) Murnau
Genre:  Classics, Drama, Romance
Release Date:  September 23, 1927
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterCarl Meyer
Runtime:  95 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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Quick Tip by . March 02, 2011
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One of the best dramas from the silent age. Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans is F.W. Murnau's most famous and celebrated films and the only real success he experienced while working in America. The film is propelled forward by an unusual love story of a husband and wife who have drifted apart after he attempts to kill her so that he can be with his mistress, but the two find redemption and rediscover their love. Poetic, haunting, and at times quite comedic, Sunrise is a masterpiece that preceded …
review by . January 22, 2007
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Never had a silent film struck so loud a chord as that which is made in "Sunrise".     Directed by FW Murnau and released by Fox Films (before they merged with 20th Century Studios), this is one of the most impressive films of the silent era. If "Citizen Kane" showcased all the tools in the filmmaker's box in the early sound era, this does the same for silent films.     The plot is deceptively simple. A Man, who lives on a farm with his wife, A Woman, and …
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