SUNRISE chronicles the murderous desires--and ultimate repentance--of a wayward husband. Deeply attracted by a sophisticated vamp who worms her way into the couple's simple country existence, the man agrees to take his wife into the city by rowboat...with plans to drown her on the way. In the midst of their journey, however, he realizes he cannot go through with the act. But the pure and innocent wife has already understood what he meant to do. Heartbroken, and with tear-filled eyes, she stumbles away from him through the city streets. Now he must find some way to win her back -- and prevent the fates from punishing him for his misdeeds...Director F.W. Murnau, and cinematographers Charles Rosher and Karl Struss, created stunning expressionist imagery that poignantly captures the characters' complex desires and points-of-view. This is one of the most visually gorgeous and emotionally rich silent films ever made.
Academy Awards Best Artistic Quality of Production 1928
Academy Awards Best Actress 1928 Janet Gaynor Oscar-winning American actress
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1928 Karl Struss Cinematographer
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1928 Charles Rosher Cinematographer, teens-'50s, musicals, father of Charles Jr.