SPOILER ALERT! Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Boy, he sure picked on old one!” But though Sunrise is an old movie, sure enough, its subject is most topical. The recent resignation of Rob Porter, the White House Staff Secretary, for physically abusing his two ex-wives has put the subject of domestic abuse in the headlines. The situation was further aggravated by John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, when he said that Porter is “a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.” Sunrise is a movie that men like Porter and Kelly would appreciate, for it gives us the most sympathetic treatment of domestic abuse in cinematic history, surpassing even Carousel (1956). Uh, sympathetic for the man, that is. Sunrise is a silent film made in 1927. Its longer title is Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. The “song” in question is alluded to in the prologue: “This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and of every place; you might hear it anywhere at any time.” The […]

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