The story of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, isn't a cheery one. It's appropriately nerve-wracking for a work by German director F.W. Murnau, who previously painted the haunting celluloid of Nosferatu and Faust. Released in 1927, the black and white film is silent and uses creepy, dastardly images as sound's ultimate replacement. But a couple of years ago, all that changed. Austin band My Education gathered to write a score for Murnau's work and presented it at the Alamo, Ritz on Sixth Street. It was there that we were first immersed: Scenes with devious acts on rowboats were partnered with a cello's warbled sigh, and a viola's sudden yelp shook you to your damn bones. The group toured with the film, frequently selling out shows both in Austin and beyond. Now, Dallas has its opportunity to see how a well-constructed score by an experimental band can not only improve on a masterpiece, but also scare the shit out of you. See it tonight at Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Tickets cost $15. Visit thetexastheatre.com.
Fri., June 15, 2012