Tuesday, March 11, 2008

F. W. Murnau

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1931 at the age of 42 of film maker F. W. Murnau. FilmReference.com has an article on him. He directed Nosferatu (1922) and Faust (1926), each of which can be seen online at those links.

The Last Laugh (1924):

Roger Ebert has a review of The Last Laugh here. Senses of Cinema has an article. Bloomberg has a piece on the restoration of the film. Images Journal has an article that discusses both The Last Laugh and Faust.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) is at youtube in 9 parts. It is #25 on the Arts and Faith list of 100 most spiritually significant films. The Web of Murnau has a review and links to other resources here. FilmReference.com has an article on this film. Roger Ebert's review is here.

Filmsquish reviews it here, saying:
Murnau's Sunrise makes inspirational waves, both in the way his dramatic plot takes us to extremes of emotion while still using well known devices such as irony to tell his hero's story. All to say it's no surprise that this film's made the list of the Top 250 on IMdb. This is classic storytelling, and though old, genuinely original.

part 1:

part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9

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