Cinema Concert: Sunrise

Caught between two loves

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F.W. Murnau’s 1927 masterpiece is a timeless romantic classic and is rarely being screened, so this afternoon screening is already kind of special and even extra special because of the live musical accompaniment.
Selected by: Micha Windgassen, Curator music

The silent, expressionist film Sunrise took home four Oscars at the inaugural Academy Awards of 1929 and is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made by many film experts. Sunrise tells the story of a farmer who falls in love with a city girl. Already married, he decides to murder his wife so that he can join his newly beloved. When the time for his grizzly crime of passion finally arises, he realises he cannot go through with it and pleads his wife for forgiveness.

For this edition of Cinema Concert, the team has called in the talents of The Edge Ensemble. Positioned on both sides of the stage, the ensemble is divided into two groups, with one representing the sounds of the man and the other the sounds of his wife. The result is a captivating performance in which the many emotions on screen are translated musically to the audience.

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