Selected by the Production Design Branch. Introduction by production designer Jeannine Oppewall.

Selected by the Production Design Branch.
Free for Museum Members. 

The only film to win the Oscar for Unique and Artistic Picture, F. W. Murnau’s romantic classic is one of the final masterpieces of silent cinema. The story may be simple—a small-town husband tries to repair his marriage after being tempted by a woman from the city—but the visuals are unforgettable, with Charles Rosher and Karl Struss winning the first Oscar for Cinematography. The dazzling Oscar-nominated art direction by Rochus Gliese includes a small village built at Lake Arrowhead and an enormous city square built on the Fox lot.

DIRECTED BY: F. W. Murnau. WRITTEN BY: Carl Mayer. WITH: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing. 1927. 95 min. USA. B&W. Silent. DCP.

This program is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology.
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.