I just started a Cinema club and the first movie we saw together was Sunrise, by one of my all time favorite directors, F.W. Murnau. Sunrise is also one of the best films I have ever seen. It was very well received by the participants.
The camerawork is just unbelievable, even by today's standards. The Moving camera that follows "The Man" when he goes to meet "The Woman from the City" is breathtaking. The acting is also quite good but it is the director that shines the brightest here. This simple story is told so well that one can not take eyes of the screen.
There are many religious themes in the film. The most obvious is the reference to the Genesis Story. The Woman from the City is like Lilith and the snake in one person (and not for the first time in art history). She is even seen lying on a branch in a tree, happily observing the drama cosed by her misdeeds. "The man" and "The Wife" are like Adam and Eve. They live peacefully before the snake/Lilith comes and threatens their happiness and even the life of "The Wife", poisoning everything with words.
The name of the film can simply refer to the sunrise in their life, in the end of the film but it also reminds me of the many texts in the Bible where it is stated that Gods help comes with the dawn.