Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

In my last post [ Marianne Faithfull, The Master and Margarita and Faust. ] I made mention of the 19th Century French composer, Charles Gounod . To people today, Gounod is best remembered for his Funeral March of a Marionette which would later become the theme music for the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Hitchcock is said to have been introduced to Funeral March of a Marionette from a 1927 film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans which included the music in the soundtrack. This film was one of the first feature films to have a synchronized musical score and sound effects soundtrack.

The film won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929. The leading lady, Janet Gaynor, won the first Academy Award for Best Actress. The film can be found on Youtube (click here).

I found the movie to be quite entertaining and I highly recommend it.

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