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Apart from its sheer poignancy, the main achievement of Murnau's classic silent weepie is how it puts pep into pap. Its folksy fable is distinctly unusual: a love triangle dissolving into an attempted murder is only the start; two thirds of the movie is actually about a couple making up. The tension is allowed to drop in a glorious jazz-age city sequence, and then twisted into breaking-point as a journey of murderous rage is repeated. But its dreamlike realism is also to be enjoyed: when lovers appear to walk across a crowded city street, into (superimposed) fields, and back to kiss in a traffic jam, you have an example of True Love styled to cinema perfection. Simple, and intense images of unequalled beauty. DMacp.

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Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: FW Murnau
Screenwriter: Carl Mayer
Cast: Janet Gaynor
Margaret Livingston
Bodil Rosing
J Farrell MacDonald
George O'Brien
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