After the success of F.W. Murnau's silent German classics NOSFERATU (1922), THE LAST LAUGH (1924), and FAUST (1926), William Fox, the head of Fox Film Corp., invited Murnau to come to America, offering him carte blanche to create any kind of film he wanted. Murnau accepted, providing he
would have no studio interference, and planned SUNRISE as a purely artistic production. The result is, quite simply, an undisputed masterpiece, and that rarest of films that achieves absolute perfection in every area; in fact, it won a special Academy Award at the first Oscar ceremony for "Unique
and Artistic Production."
A woman from the city (Margaret Livingston) comes to the ...