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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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Famous German director, F.W. Murnau, who directed only 21 films before his life was cut short in an accident in the early 1930s, had an impressive record of creating many of our greatest silent movie classics: the highly-acclaimed "Sunrise", German productions "Faust", the Dracula horror classic "Nosferatu", "Phantom", "The Last Laugh" and finally "Tabu"; all of them different yet each an example of cinematic perfection.
This DVD by Televista has a reasonably good picture quality throughout, appearing just a little washed-out at times, but the picture does not fit the frame, slicing off heads or ends of words in the intertitles. This is only a minor distraction, however, when the viewer becomes involved in the characters and their plight. The accompanying music also leaves a little to be desired, being a hotch-potch of various styles, from jazz to classical, but most of the time its tone does match the mood of the scenes.
I didn't find this film exceptional, and it definitely isn't one of Murnau's best in my opinion, but it is worth watching. The musical score doesn't always fit and there are no extra features in this version. If you are a Murnau fan, its worth a look, however. Three stars just because its a Murnau film, two stars otherwise.