Directed by: F.W. MURNAU
1927, TSPDT Rank #12
This late Hollywood silent film (made while sound was making its first popular appearances in movies) is one of the true movie masterpieces of all time. Given free reign by Fox to make any movie he wanted, Murnau made a movie that runs the viewer through an intense and beautiful line-up of nearly all possible emotions in a relationship between a man and a woman. The story is simple on the surface, about a cheating husband who almost kills his wife to escape from his quiet farm life, at the last second reconciling with her as they try to pick up the pieces and start again. There is a lot of emotional depth, which is supported by Murnau's incredible cinematic images. This is one of the main essential silent films, one every kind of film lover should give a chance at least. If you do, you'll take a journey in which you feel fear, joy, love, and much more in between. And just thank your lucky stars that the powers at Hollywood have occasionally recognized the masters of the medium and allowed them to freely create like this.