Released just days before the first talkie, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans was once lost in the chatter of a lairy new era in film.
Seen now, it's one of cinema's most astonishing love stories: beautiful, immortal and infinitely tender. This Song Of Two Humans sees a farmer (George O'Brien) fall for a shadowy vamp (Margaret Livingston) and plot to drown his gentle wife (Janet Gaynor). His conscience, though, shatters him at the last second and they flee to the city to fall in love anew. At times, the celluloid almost wrinkles with sorrow. But with images of quite unforgettable poetry, Nosferatu director FW Murnau bends gloomy fatalism into dazzling wonder, while O'Brien and Gaynor shine with a pure vulnerability that's enough to make your heart gasp.