USA | 1927 | 94 min | PG
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh – one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.
In the hands of the German Expressionist master, it beautifully balances a simple tale of temptation with glorious, groundbreaking aesthetics. The marriage of a rural couple is threatened when a sophisticated “Woman From the City” (Margaret Livingston) embarks on an affair. After she suggests that her lover (George O’Brien) sell the farm and drown his wife (Janet Gaynor), the intended victim flees to the big city with her husband, riddled by shame, in pursuit.
Combining the stylistic exaggeration and distortion of his German-produced works like Faust and Nosferatu with Fox’s patented delicacy in storytelling, Murnau created a wholly unique work that transcends time and place. Truly one of the must-see films of the twentieth century.
Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor
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