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Sunrise  Overview and Discussion

 

Overview:

1.     Sunrise and the transition to sound

2.     Sunrise and  Fox Film Corporation, 1925-1929:

a.    Theater acquisition

b.   Sound technology

c.    Prestige production

 

 

Discussion:

1.  Does Sunrise offer an appealing narrative?

 

          a.  what major elements of melodrama are at work here?

 

                    --victimization

                    --domestic iconography

                    --country vs. city values

                    --marriage

                    --community

                    --moral structure

 

 

          b.  what basic ideas and concerns does it "sell"           (commodify)?

 

 

 

2.  What does Sunrise tell us about Hollywood studio style?