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City Girl (1930)

Charles Farrell , Mary Duncan , F.W. Murnau  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke, Anne Shirley
  • Directors: F.W. Murnau
  • Writers: H.H. Caldwell, Berthold Viertel, Elliott Lester, Katherine Hilliker, Marion Orth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MEJXZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "City Girl" on IMDb

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The city girl Kate falls in love with farmer Lem. He takes Kate to his family farm but Kate has trouble being accepted by the family. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, better known as F. W. Murnau (December 28, 1888 - March 11, 1931), was one of the most influent

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
With the success of F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" back in 1927 and following up with two more Hollywood productions with "4 Devils" and "Tabu", the filmmaker wanted to work on his next film titled "Our Daily Bread".

The film was made in 1930 and was renamed "City Girl" and two versions were made. One that is a silent and one with sound. Unfortunately, for 40-years, no one one knew what happened to the film until the silent version was found in 1970 but the version with sound has never been found to this day.

But the film received restoration and now Eureka! is releasing a HD version of "City Girl" on Blu-ray as part of the company's "The Masters of Cinema Series".

"City Girl" is often compared to "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans". With the latter being known as one of the greatest silent films ever made, "City Girl" is not as deep and was not as appreciated back then as it is now.

Where "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" featured a vamp from the city tries to cajole a farmer to kill his wife and move to the big city with her. In "City Girl", it's the opposite.

The film revolves around a young man named Lem Tustine (played by Charles Farrell) who's father is worried about the family wheat business and noticing the price of wheat plummeting.

The father (played by David Torrence) sends Lem from a small town in Minnesota to the big city of Chicago to sell the wheat for a good price. Upon arriving to the city, and when Lem grabs a bite at a restaurant and this is where he meets a beautiful waitress named Kate (played by Mary Duncan) and both literally fall for each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MURNAU'S UNCOMPLETED FILM March 29, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
When you read that CITY GIRL is not in the class of Murnau's SUNRISE you haft to understand that the film was only partially completed when he walked away from it due to the studio wanting changes. Murnua, due to his land mark work on THE LAST LAUGH in Germany, had been invited by William Fox to come to Hollywood and produced anything that he wished. That film was SUNRISE, which was very expensive and though critically acclaimed it did not made a profit for the studio. Murnau's next film would be the now lost 4 DEVILS which was released in more then one version. Sound was taking over and so the studio had sound sequences worked into the film. Murnau's third film for William Fox was to be OUR DAILY BREAD which was finally released as CITY GIRL. At this period of time William Fox was fighting to keep his studio from being taken away from him. He lost control of the studio and all kinds of changes were wanted for CITY GIRL by those in control. Murnau finally walked away from it and went to the South Seas to make TABU, but he left detailed information for the Fox people as to what needed to be done to finish CITY GIRL. This was ignored and the film was largely reshot with sound sequences that had little or nothing to do with the Murnau vision. The sound version was released and was a complete flop. It had very limited screenings and was soon forgotten. What has survived is the Murnau version as far as he had completed it. So CITY GIRL is a Murnau Work-In-Progress if you will. We are very, very fortunate to have it at all and to be able to see it in an almost mint condition is wonderful! It would be so exciting to be able to see SUNRISE, 7TH HEAVEN and STREET ANGELS in prints that matched the beauty of CITY GIRL. CITY GIRL might be compared to what happened when the studio took THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS away from Orson Welles and diminished what was likely one of the screen's masterpieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A near-forgotten and overlooked classic! April 17, 2010
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Made at the very end of the silent film era in 1929, "City Girl" displays some of the best techniques developed during the silent era while also having the feeling of an early sound film. Nearly two hours in length, there are two distinct parts in this romantic drama: the first puts the spotlight on a young man from the country, played perfectly by the charming Charles Farrell (of "Seventh Heaven" fame) and displaying the old-fashioned qualities of a close-knit family and life on the farm. Attention to fine details as country-boy Lem meets city-girl, Kate, who works in a busy restaurant, reveals a great deal about their characters and feelings without the need for much dialogue. Lem has manners, says grace before a meal, and has an air of innocence about him, all of which attract the weary waitress who yearns for nature and animals as she struggles to live in the concrete jungle of Chicago where people are cold and cruel. This part of the story is very beautifully developed, slowly and gracefully, in the expert hands of director, F.W. Murnau, who then uses his experience and skill in German Expressionism to drastically change the mood in the second part of the story, when Lem brings Kate home as his bride, only to be severely criticized by his domineering and disapproving father. Suddenly, the idyllic romance shatters when Lem's father strikes Kate, but Lem is afraid to stand up to his father, thus leading to more tensions and heartache for the newlyweds. The entire film gets the viewer involved emotionally, both under Murnau's talented direction and the charisma of the leading actors. Read more ›
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