|The Man Being Torn Apart Inside|
This film is one of the finest silent movies ever made. The story is about a country man who is convinced by a city girl to kill his wife, sell the farm, and run away with her to the city. He takes her out in a boat, but as he moves toward her to kill her, he just can’t do it. She knows something is wrong and once they get ashore she runs like Flick at the end of Umberto D. who has just seen his master try and commit suicide. The man chases after his wife who hopes a tram to the city and for the remainder of the film we see them rediscover their love for each other in the city.
|They Are Growing Back Together|
Murnau was in full expressionist mode with this film and everything in this film gives us insight into the inner state of the characters. There are a lot of things this film has going for it, but my favorite is the sparse use of intertitles. We only get a handful. Everything else we get from the visuals. Even the ones that are used are used in an artistic fashion rather than in a simply functional way.
The sets are beautiful, everything about this film is beautiful. You can’t love movies and not see this film. It’s highly recommended.