The Shift of Critical Reception over Time: Case Study of the Film 'Sunrise'

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Abstract The paper discusses how the critical reception shifts over a period of time. The paper is mainly focused on the film "Sunrise", directed by F. Marnau in 1927. Initially the movie got mixed reviews from the critics; however this film became to be known as a cinematic masterpiece in future decades. It has been observed that many movies have gained or lost its reputation over the years. The values, attitudes and actions of people have changed as years have gone by, which is reflected in their changing opinions and expressions; the changing society behavior is responsible for the gain or loss of reputation of a particular movie over a period of time. One classic masterpiece which had transformed its reception over the years is "Sunrise". It was released in the year 1927 in America and was a silent film. It was directed by the famous German Director F. Murnau. The movie received contradictory reviews initially but later on it was acknowledged as one of the best silent movies ever made. It was based on Hemann Sudermann's novel "Song of Two Humans". At the time of its release many critics had written this film off considering as an average film with an average story. Chicago Sun-Times labeled it as an attempt to divert away from the traditional cinema, with a new concept silent film and it failed to make an impression on the audience because of lack of creativity in the story. The film had no surprise element in it for the audience. The visuals were excellent

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