4 FEBRUARY 1928, Page 13

The Cinema


:THERE are only three characters of importance in the new Fox-film Sunrise, the Man, the Wife, and the Woman from the :City. The story is simple and dramatic. After a few years of--married happiness, the man succumbs to the attractions of the Woman from the City, who persuades him to drown his wife. Just as he is on the point of throwing her into the Jake, he is seized with remorse. The wife forgives him and ,together they spend a hilariously happy day in the City. As. they sail home in the moonlight, a storm breaks. The man reaches the shore, but the wife is thought to be drowned. She is rescued, however, and the sun rises on their reunion.

There is nothing so very original about this rather senti- mental plot, but the manner of its presentation is a welcome innovation. The story unfolds itself in a leisurely fashion ; the ,action is speeded " down " rather than " up." Slowly we see Miss Margaret Livingston, the Woman from the City, walking to keep her tryst with her lover—we see her whistling tto him--slowly Mr. George:O'Brien joins her in the moonlight. It is restful to watch these scenes moving before us at a _natural rate, and pleasant, to be given time to enjoy such well-constructed pictures. One , scene reminded me of a DA& interior—two beds in a, sparsely furnished room, a baby asleep. in one of them, the moon shining through the window casting a chequered light across the bed—an excellent example,of what the photographer can do if he has a know- ledge, of , artistic.composition. The cast, particularly Miss Janet Gaynor as the wife, are good to look at.

:Although some .people may consider the film moves too .„.for my. part I think its production is definitely an ,adyance ,in the right, direction. It would be interesting to „ !sea .8.1 pubtler and less sensational plot produced in the same 11114.?Mcf.•