Oh honey, although Lang had the nicer apartment, I'm giving this to Murnau for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans which is probably one of the best movies of the silent era ...
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Sunrise might be my favourite silent film and maybe even my favourite film among those two. But Lang has made so many strong films, that I pick him quite easily as of now, though I have to concede that I've only seen 4 of Murnau's films - as opposed to 20 by Lang, so it's not entirely a fair comparison, but I'd probably pick more than the half of them over my 2nd favourite Murnau.
Last Edit: Sept 12, 2020 17:56:29 GMT by jimmalone
I don't think you need to add the qualifiers, regardless of where or when they're from I think they both rank right up there with the best ever. I probably have a slight preference for Murnau, I just love his style, but Lang was epic as fuck, and it was just outstanding the way he was able to cross over and still be awesome in America with the scale radically diminished but the skill still clear as day. That ain't something you see often.
Still, I'm more a Murnau guy. His lesser reliance on intertitles makes him almost the king of the silents for me.