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BFI Screen Epiphanies

Screen Epiphany: Hugh Hudson introduces Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

The acclaimed director presents this beautiful silent film from FW Murnau.

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USA 1927
Dir FW Murnau
With George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston
Certificate U
With Hugo Riesenfeld score

Director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Revolution) introduces a film that’s inspired him. FW Murnau’s foray into American cinema, made at the end of the silent era, pioneered the use of synchronous sound on film (for Riesenfeld’s score as well as sound effects such as traffic and church bells). Telling the tale of a troubled marriage, this romantic drama stands as a haunting cinematic fable – a dream of crime, love, loss and redemption.


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