A married farmer falls under the spell of a woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. [imdb]
Nominated for 4 Oscars (as a 1927/28 film):
Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production (WINNER)
Best Actress: Janet Gaynor (WINNER)
Best Cinematography (WINNER)
Best Art Direction
Don't get fooled by its "Best Picture" win, the Academy doesn't recognize it today as the standard BP winner, as this was a second category to a more relevant one, which was won by Wings (1927), which now stands as the officially first Best Picture winner in Oscar history.
But the voters at that time clearly liked Sunrise, and there are a lot of elements to enjoy, especially the technical part: the cinematography is impressive even today and I got a feeling that Sunrise was a road opener with a lot of technical aspects. The direction is very effective, even when the screenplay goes dry in its more uneventful scenes.
While the acting is ok, I can't help but look at it as a very dated film in story and acting. I'm sure it was a hit back then with the critics, but there's something uncomfortable about the story and it did lose my interest at one point. Technically beautiful, but overall I prefer Wings.
My rating for the film: 7/10. Good ending, though.