One of the most gripping silent films ever made, Murnau proved decades ahead of his time with camerawork here in this "song of two humans." The acting, for once, is subtle and compelling, with extremely few title cards (all of which are in English). It's a far cry from the histrionics of Keaton and Chaplin (though a bit of slapstick can't be avoided), and you may just find that, despite your modern sensibilities, you like the silents after all.
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