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Sunrise vs. A Place in the Sun

by Critical Commons Manager

The parallels between this scene from A Place in the Sun and F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) are truly remarkable as Montgomery Clift considers cold-blooded murder of a girl (Shelley Winters) who he has gotten pregnant shortly before meeting beautiful socialite Elizabeth Taylor. Unlike Sunrise, in which contemplation of murder results in reconciliation and reaffirmation of marital bonds, A Place in the Sun offers a darker, more pathological outcome.

Echoes of Murnau's Sunrise in A Place in the Sun

Montgomery Clift considers murdering his pregnant girlfriend after falling in love with the more exotic and worldly Elizabeth Taylor

from A Place in the Sun (1951)
Creator: George Stevens
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted by Critical Commons Manager