|Fig 1 - Sunrise Poster|
For the time period, the film is a technical masterpiece to behold. From the outset we are presented with shots of a paradisaical lakeside down, often overlaying multiple reels of film to create something of a montage of atmosphere. What's more is that the film uses shots blended together 'in-camera' by covering either side of the reel and re-filming with it. And this technique feels as professionally edited as you'd see made digitally today. In addition to this, the film was one of the first to synchronize it's visuals with a full soundtrack and additional effects, at one point even using Charles Gounod's 1872 composition Funeral March of a Marionette, which would go on to be known as the opening theme for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-65).
|Fig 2 - Sunrise - Pervert, Wife and Husband|
In my opinion, it is highly debatable whether or not Sunrise is a 'romantic' film, primarily due to the fact that one was ready to kill the other in the opening act. But that aside, the film is a technically proficient and heart-warming watch that has blatantly stood the test of time and has every reason to be in the Top 250.
Fig. 1 Sunrise Poster (1927) From: Sunrise - Directed by: F. W. Murnau
Fig. 2 Sunrise Screenshot (1927) From: Sunrise - Directed by: F. W. Murnau