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    Sunrise (Fox, 1927). Window Card (14" X 22").
    Friederich Wilhelm Murnau was one of the leading designers of the most important film movement of the 1920s, German Expressionism. Through classics like Nosferatu (1922) and Der Letzte Mann (1924), Murnau helped define the style that brought shadows to life and would become the launching point for both the American gangster film and the film noir style. This Murnau film, Sunrise, has been widely hailed as one of the greatest movies ever made, unsurpassed in terms of both artistry and sheer beauty. The story regards a Farmer (George O'Brien) who meets and falls in love with a seductive Woman from the City (Margaret Livingston). The two fall in love, and the Woman convinces the Farmer to murder his Wife (Janet Gaynor), which he agrees to do. Fortunately, he comes to his senses by the end, overthrowing the evil urbanite and reaffirming his love for his Wife. The film was a critical blockbuster, not only earning rave reviews but winning three golden statues at the very first Academy Awards: Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production - the first and only time this award was ever presented. It shared Best Picture honors with Wings (1927) - Best Actress (Janet Gaynor), and Best Cinematography. It remains today the capstone of Murnau's impressive career. Paper for this film is as scarce as it is beautiful. Aside from this exquisite window card, Heritage has only offered two different style window cards, a few lobby cards, and a handful of stills since 2001. The stunning window card offered here shows some light edge wear, light water staining at the edges and at the snipe, a bottom left corner bend, and a replaced bottom right corner. These minor issues do nothing to detract from the overwhelming eye appeal of this great piece, a window card that any film fan will be proud to own and display. Very Good/Fine.


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