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September 25, 2016

Facets Silent Sundays

Please join us in the continuing program of Facets Silent Sundays, a celebration of extraordinary works of silent cinema.


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Film still: Sunrise Film still: Sunrise


"One of the medium's genuinely fresh experiences"
  —Village Voice
"F. W. Murnau brought a slender story to life with a breathtaking display of cinematic virtuosity, creating one of the masterworks of the art form."
  —New Yorker
4 stars "Rich, strange and gorgeous"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Released in 1927, the last year of silent film, it's a pinnacle of that lost art"
  —Chicago Reader
4 stars "To see it today is to be astonished by the boldness of its visual experimentation"
  —Roger Ebert

A cinematic masterpiece, called the "most perfect film," Friedrich Murnau's first American feature stars Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien as a happily married village couple until the husband is seduced by a woman from the city (Margaret Livingston). Called "the song of two humans," Sunrise is remarkable for its lyricism, its sensuous camerawork, and its extraordinary sets, on which no expense was spared. For Sunrise, Murnau was given total freedom which he lost when the film became a financial flop. Some critics regard it as the greatest American film ever made.

Directed by Friedrich Murnau, USA, 1927, 97 mins. Silent with musical score.

The screening will be introduced by Facets' director Milos Stehlik and will be followed by a discussion and wine reception.


  • Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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