Accompanied by World Premiere Performance of a live, newly-written score by Mark Tipton and Les Sorcieres Perdus

Quick: What film won the first Best Film Oscar? Okay, you figured it out. But here’s the thing: they got it right the first time out! One of the last films of the Silent Era, Sunrise makes you wish that era had never ended. F.W. Murnau’s (Nosferatu) American masterpiece is deep in the heart, and follows the country’s and history’s path from rural to urban. It’s also often recognized as one of the great films in the history of cinema, though one not often seen. And it also won the first cinematography Oscar for Karl Struss’ amazing images. Struss is honored by MIFF this year as we give the inaugural award in his name to Roger Deakins. “Subtitled ‘A Song of Two Humans,’ it tells the simple tale of a country farmer who, under the spell of a sophisticated city vamp, plots the murder of his wife. Moving from grim tragedy to delirious farce, Sunrise presents a fable of love and lust, light and dark, town and city that remains thematically contemporary. Sunrise is the final and fullest expression of classic silent cinema, combining diverse stylistic elements of the twenties into an integrated whole. Its camera movements are masterfully, breathtakingly choreographed.”—Sundance Institute.

Founded in 2009 by trumpeter/composer Mark Tipton, Les Sorciers Perdus have performed for numerous silent film screenings, radio and TV shows, and educational workshops for all ages. They released their debut album, “Alchemist’s Dream,” earlier this year.

Additional Information

U.S.A. 1927 – DCP – 94 Minutes

Director: F.W. Murnau

Producer: William Fox

Screenplay: Carl Mayer, Hermann Sudermann, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell

Cast: George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston

Print courtesy: 20th Century Fox