Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Countries & Regions: United States
Length: 88 mins
Region: Region B
Released: 19 September 2011
Cat No: EKA70051
Screen ratio 1:Other
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City Girl (Masters of Cinema)
F.W. Murnau, creator of silent classics ’Nosferatu’, ’Metropolis’ and ’Sunrise’, directs this study of the fragile marriage between a... Read More
Having already made a masterpiece about the contrast between rural and urban lifestyles, F.W. Murnau was surely under no obligation to visit the subject again. Yet three years after Sunrise, he paid a return trip with City Girl – a vivid, painterly study of an impulsive and fragile marriage among the wheatfields of Minnesota.
As in Sunrise, a trip to the city brings consequences for a country boy. This is Lem, a farmer selling his crop. He falls for a city girl, the hard-bitten but lonely waitress Kate, and they marry. But back at the farm, under the pressure of his scornful father and the leering farmhands, their romance sours.
Murnau abandoned City Girl after disputes with the studio. Although what we have doesn’t fully reflect his vision, his signature is prominent. In particular, the use of light is remarkable: City Girl is the most beautiful film this great pictorialist ever shot.
Still comparatively obscure, it’s a treasure ripe for rediscovery, newly arriving – 80 years after its original release – in a glorious high-definition transfer.