20 July 2010
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place.
So basically: A married farmer is in lust with a woman from the city. She begs him to sell his farm and come with her to the city. When he asks her what to do with his wife, she tells him to kill her and make it look like an accident. They've got it all figured out and the man takes his wife on a boat trip to drown her. However, when the time comes, he finds that he can't do it and the wife escapes into the city. The man follows her and together they renew their love.
I think a modern audience wouldn't appreciate this film. Not because it's a silent film or simplistic and sappy, but because of the wife and how she goes back to the man who tried to kill her. I mean, srs! He tried to kill you! And he cheated on you! And you go back to him? Please. Any women in her right mind would slap him, take the baby, and run. That's what they should do. And wtf is up with the man? He cheats, he entertains the idea of killing his wife for some city girl, and nearly goes through with it, but doesn't get any punishment for it? Sure, a couple of minutes of thinking his wife's dead, but that's about it. He gets her back and they live happily ever after - sorry for the cliché, but they do! Grr. Sure, it's supposed to be sweet and say how evil city life really is, but ultimately the characters are what matter and neither of them are very sympathetic!
Honestly, I don't get it. This movie does not deserve to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!