Sunrise

F.W. Murnau’s beautifully photographed 1927 melodrama Sunrise is one of the last great silents made in Hollywood, but also perhaps the least typical. It’s essentially a work of German Romanticism, since Murnau made no effort to tailor his first American film to studio tastes. Peasant George O’Brien is lured by city vamp Margaret Livingston into a murder plot against his faithful, innocent wife (Janet Gaynor). The sentimental simplicity of the tale still packs an emotional wallop (and nowhere more so than in O’Brien’s frantic foggy search for Gaynor, presumed drowned in the rushes). More power will come from the new score by local cellist and composer Lori Goldston, who'll be joined by Greg Campbell on percussion and French horn. (NR) 8 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 14, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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