This Monday, Nov. 7, and continuing for the next few months the West Tisbury Library will be going silent, on screen, that is. It’s a silent film series, so appropriate, really, for a place that still holds sacred the power of the shhhh.
Tonight’s film is Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This film was made in 1927 and directed by F.W. Murnau. It centers around the story of a married farmer who falls for a city girl who tries to convince him to drown his wife, planting the seeds, perhaps, for future films like Double Indemnity and Body Heat. The beauty of this film, and the entire series, is to see how story can be conveyed with no words, or perhaps just a subtitle or two like this one. It will make today’s cinema seem even noisier than it already is.
The series also includes The Passion of Joan of Arc í(1928), íThe Blue Angel í(1930) with Marlene Dietrich at her loveliest, and Charlie Chaplin’s íCity Lights í(1931), his most classic performance.
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