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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Single Film Study

jclarke | Sunday September 08, 2019

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Component 2 Global Filmmaking Perspectives, Section C (Film Movements Silent Cinema), Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Directors, F.W. Murnau, Silent Era, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Silent

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Section C: Film Movements - Silent Cinema (single-film study)

  • One Week (1920), American Silent Comedy
  • The Scarecrow (1920), American Silent Comedy
  • The ‘High Sign’ (1921), American Silent Comedy
  • Cops (1922) (Keaton, US), American Silent Comedy
  • Strike (Eisenstein, USSR, 1924), Soviet Montage
  • Sunrise (Murnau, US, 1927), German Expressionism (Coming soon)
  • Spies (Lang, Germany, 1928), German Expressionism
  • Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, USSR, 1928) Constructivism and modernism
  • A Propos de Nice (Vigo, France, 1930), Constructivism and modernism

Context

There’s an idea (elegantly expressed by the novelist Italo Calvino) that’s worth engaging with and returning to quite often in relation to the films that we study at A Level and it’s this: that a classic is a story that has not yet finished with what it has to say to an audience. The film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is one such film ‘classic’.…


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