Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans w/ a live score by Rococo Jet

For this live score to F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Rococo Jet (Nora Keyes, Jimi Cabeza De Vaca), with additional accompaniment by John Scott Perreira, Mira Billotte (White Magic), Carisa Bianca Mellado, Sean Ellwood, and Rebecca Lynn, will unearth the shadow self behind the mask of persona. One of the most visually sumptuous and emotionally rewarding films from silent Hollywood, Sunrise focuses on the sensitive, easily-swayed Anses (George O’Brien) who falls under the spell of The Woman From the City (Margaret Livingston), a classic vamp who convinces him to run off with her–but only after he murders his innocent wife Indre (Janet Gaynor). German Expressionist techniques lend themselves to a fairytale ride through the tortured mindspace of a man caught between devotion and seduction, marking Sunrise as perhaps the most vibrant of Murnau’s stateside productions, ripe for sonic reinvention.

Dir. F. W. Murnau, 1927, digital presentation, 95 min.

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