Sunrise: A song of two humans (F.W. Murnau,1927)

Sunrise is the allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh – one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Considered by many as the finest film of the silent era Murnau’s masterpiece won the Academy Award for ‘Unique and Artistic Picture’ at the first Academy Awards in 1929. Janet Gaynor also won the first Academy Award for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role' for her part in the film. What marks out Murnau's cinematography is not that he uses so many camera tricks but that he knows when to deploy a certain technique to help tell this simple, melodramatic tale. Forced perspective, tracking shots, split screen and double-exposures are deployed throughout the movie and lend it a slightly surreal, dreamy feel; a feeling enhanced by the non-specific locality and non-individualisation of the protagonists. The original used the then new Fox Movietone sound-on-film system making it one of the first feature films to have a synchronised soundtrack and sound effects. For this showing the Mediators will be providing an improvised electronic soundtrack in their own unique style.

Sat 24 Aug

Sunrise (1927)

with a live electronic soundtrack from The Mediators

RENDEZVOUS CAFE, Dukes Walk, Northern Promenade


Doors open 8.30pm

Tickets  £15- no longer available

Thanks to Arts Council England Lottery Funded Project Grant

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