A nameless woman of the city vacations in the countryside, seducing a man, a simple farmer with a wife and a child. She convinces him to drown his wife, but at the last moment, he cannot bring himself to do it. After the wife escapes to the city and the man follows her, they witness a wedding, which makes them reconcile and enjoy the city. They return to the farm, but a thunderstorm capsizes their boat and the wife barely survives. After this final ordeal, the couple is back together while the woman leaves.
William Fox’s production of Sunrise, directed by German émigré Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, was a bid for status and power. In the mid-twenties, Fox’s studio was not as prestigious as Paramount or MGM. Fox therefore launched an expansion plan that included issuing common stock; the acquisition of the Roxy, the most famous picture palace on New York City’s Broadway; an . . . Read More