Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Unique and Artistic Production, one half of what would later be simply known as Best Picture, Sunrise is a true classic of the cinema. Even today, above its counterpart winner Wings, Sunrise is revered and hailed as one of the greatest silent films ever made.
The film dares to achieve so much more than any other film of its time does; back projection, double exposures, cross-faded scenery, and sound effects, all coupled with the film’s breakthrough structure, made this a film that was truly ahead of its time. The production value is certainly above par, and helps to create a vivid world that sucks you inside it. The cinematography is even more astounding, and is the real star of the picture. Each scene looks like a still photograph, beautiful each in their own way. Janet Gaynor is a darling of the screen, and will win you over with each passing scene that rolls by. All of this combines to create a film so poignant and filled with emotion that the best thing is to let yourself be taken over by it.
In the silent era, there are few films that can match the power and effect of Sunrise. Give this a chance and I’m sure you’ll find something extra special here. As cheesy as it sounds, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be moved by it.
Arbitrary Rating: 9/10