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  1. The 1927 silent movie “Sunrise” is about an American farmer and the dilemma he faces. Should he kill his wife and move to the city? Or should he remain in the countryside, his life boring and his marriage stale? The catalyst in this drama is the farmer’s scheming glamorous lover from the city. She sees profit in selling the farm. She entraps the naïve bumpkin and persuades him to drown his wife and run away with her to the exciting metropolis. In the end though, the farmer’s conscience gets the better of him and he spares his pleading wife at the last second. He follows his mortified wife to the city, where he attempts to restore their relationship. Fortunately his wife is very forgiving. They fall back in love with each other and all is happy in the end.
    This film is widely cited as a masterpiece for its seminal cinematography, special effects and visual style. It also has historical significance for the fact that it was one of the last silent movies before the transition to sound movies.
    Overall, I enjoyed it more than I expected. I was impressed by some of the striking imagery and camera shots. The moonlight scenes on the farm stand out in my memory. I liked the use of superimposition in the scene where the farmer is contemplating whether to murder his wife or not. It was interesting to see some of the effects they used at that time such as the words on the screen
    The one negative for me was the soundtrack which droned on monotonously and was distracting. Apart from that, I have a new found appreciation for silent film.


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