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  George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor.
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A Song of Two Humans

Also known as L’Aurore in France
(1927) United States of America
B&W : [?] Ten or Eleven? reels / 8729 feet / 93 minutes
Directed by F.W. Murnau

Cast: George O’Brien [the man], Janet Gaynor [the wife], Margaret Livingston [the woman from the city], Bodil Rosing [the maid], J. Farrell MacDonald [the photographer], Ralph Sipperly [the barber], Jane Winton [the manicure girl], Arthur Housman [the obtrusive gentleman], Eddie Boland [the obliging gentleman], Sidney Bracy [the dance hall manager], Sally Eilers [a woman in the dance hall], Gibson Gowland [an angry truck driver], F.W. Murnau [a man on the ferryboat], Gino Corrado, Barry Norton, Robert Kortman, Harry Semels, Phillips Smalley

Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Produced by William Fox. Scenario by Carl Mayer, from the short story “Die Reise nach Tilsit” (The Journey to Tilsit) by Hermann Sudermann. Production design by Rochus Gliese. Assistant art directors, Edgar G. Ulmer and Alfred Metscher. Technical effects by Frank Williams. Assistant director, Herman Bing. Cinematography by Charles Rosher and Karl Struss. Assistant cinematographers, Hal Carney and Stuart Thompson. Film editors, Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Intertitles written by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Original music score by Erno Rapee. Synchronized sound music score by Hugo Riesenfeld. Film negative cutter, Harold D. Schuster. Presented by William Fox. / © 12 June 1927 by Fox Film Corporation [LP24070]. Premiered 23 September 1927 at the Times Square Theatre, New York, New York. Released [?] 4 or 29? November 1927. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film synchronized sound system. / Academy Award® winner for Actress (Gaynor) for her work in Sunrise, with 7th Heaven (1927) and Street Angel (1928), Cinematography (Rosher and Struss), and Artistic Quality of Production. [?] AFI-F2 n. F2.5469 lists the general release date as 4 November 1928. The film was preserved in 2003 by a joint effort of the Academy Film Archive, the British film Institute and 20th Century Fox, resulting in three 35mm fine-grain preservation negatives and two 35mm fine-grain protection master positives. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.


Survival status: The original 35mm camera negative of the American version of the film was lost in a vault fire at the Fox film storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey, on 9 July 1937 : Prints exist in the Národní Filmovy´ Archiv film archive [35mm nitrate positive (struck 1927, from the European 1.33:1 version, with Czech intertitles)]; in the Museum of Modern Art film archive [35mm diacetate positive (struck 1936, from the American Movietone 1.20:1 version)]; in the 20th Century-Fox film holdings [35mm fourth-generation fine-grain master positive (believed struck from the UCLA 35mm diacetate positive)]; in the British Film Institute National Archive film archive [35mm fifth-generation negative (struck from MoMA print), 35mm sixth-generation fine-grain positive]; in the Cinémathèque française film archive [35mm fifth-generation positive (struck late 1940s)]; in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm preservation positive] : The original American theatrical trailer exists : Outtake footage exists in the Library of Congress film archive [35mm positive] : A 35mm diacetate positive (struck 1936) previously held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive was destroyed in 1992 due to advanced vinegar syndrome decomposition.

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Amusement parks - Cameras: Still - Crime: Murder (Attempted) - Farmers - Families: Husband-wife relationships - Love triangles - Photographers - Plows - Reconciliations - Restaurants - Statues - Synchronized sound film - Transportation: Automobiles, Boats, Ferries, Streetcars, Trolleys - Vamps - Water

Listing updated: 29 January 2017.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.5469; Altman-Sound p. 10; Bohn-Light p. xxv; Brownlow-Parade pp. 152, 229, 231, 232, 234; Dowd-Vidor p. 146; Drew-Speaking p. 2; Everson-American pp. 11, 138, 149, 208, 246u, 304, 310h, 316, 322, 324, 325, 326-327, 328, 333, 336, 342; Gallagher-Ford pp. 36, 37, 48, 49, 52, 55, 58, 59; Geduld-Birth p. 38; Higashi-Virgins p. 74; Leish-Cinema p. 49; Limbacher-Feature p. 238; Lloyd-Seventy pp. 33, 34; Maltin-Classic p. 674; McCaffrey-Guide p. 12; Ryall-Blackmail pp. 12, 13; Sato-Currents p. 32; Shipman-Cinema pp. 96-97; Sinyard-Silent pp. 161, 163; Sklar-Movie pp. 87, 100; Skretvedt-Magic p. 437; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 177-181; Webb-Hollywood pp. 35, 80 : Cinemonkey-16 pp. 15, 16, 17, 38, 44; Cinemonkey-17 pp. 20-21 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb.

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