Fun fact: Two films won awards that are equivalent to Best Picture at the first Oscars. William Wellman’s aviation war epic Wings won “Outstanding Picture” and F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans won “Unique and Artistic Production.” While Wings is very good—buy the Paramount Blu-ray, you won’t regret it—Sunrise is a film for the ages.
American mogul William Fox brought German director F.W. Murnau to Hollywood, and gave him a big budget and the run of the lot. Why? Murnau was, arguably, the greatest filmmaker in the world. His use of camera movement and expressionist lighting remains startling. As Roger Ebert wrote in 2004, “To see [Sunrise] today is to be astonished by the boldness of its visual experimentation.”
And the film’s love story will melt the iciest heart.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans will be screened Monday (March 11) at 3:30 and 7 PM on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). It’s part of the AFI 100 Film Series. Tickets are $5. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.