February is my favorite time of the movie year, The Oscars and best of all Turner Classic Movie changes up its whole programming for a month so that every film they show is an Oscar film. This gives me a chance to see some of those films from way back in the day, like last year I watched Wings the first film to win Best Picture. This is great since I have compiled a list of movies to see that totals 16 pages single spaced, double columns, 10 point font size, my list started back with the American Film Institute top 100 greatest films, I have added subsequent lists to it as well as other from around the globe and most recently I have added the newest Sight and Sound poll of the top 50 films of all time. This past weekend I watched two films from the list that with all the talk about love recently seems like a good topic. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Wild Strawberries (1957) both deal with relationships.
I’ll start with Sunrise and talk about Wild Strawberries tomorrow. Sunrise is directed by FW Munrau who is famous for the vampire movie Nosferatu. Sunrise is one of those movies that few tend to know, it being an early film, however it was a major technological step for movies having a soundtrack of sound effects and music, later on in the year a little film called The Jazz Singer came out and we all know what happened after that. In Sunrise, a city woman comes to the lakeside on holiday, and she lingers to seduce and entrap the man and get him to leave his wife to join her in the city. It give a modern depiction of love that I hadn’t though was depicted on film so early. I think that a movie could release this movie as is for modern consumption and it would make money; sure it would be better if it had dialogue but it feels like a modern movie relationship that we all know. I’ve heard people say that 1927 was a great year in film being the pinnacle of silent film and beginning of talking pictures. If only Hollywood would have a year like this again, that would be amazing. Has anyone else seen this? If not it is available to watch online at anytime. Are there any other classic transition films like this?