#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Lem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem’s mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money. (And the fact that Lem didn’t get a fair price for the wheat is her fault too). The reapers arrive and quickly they make things even more complicated by making their move on Kate. Lem misunderstands the situation and believes Kate is actually interested. In despair Kate leaves the farm and Lem goes looking for her.
Plot: A waitress from Chicago falls in love with a man from rural Minnesota and marries him, with the intent of living a better life – but life on the farm has its own challenges.
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Fascinating, especially as a social document
True, it isn’t “Sunrise” (what is?) and it isn’t even the complete silent version as Murnau envisioned it, but it’s still a beautifully expressive film from one of the great masters. What’s more, it’s the only film I’ve ever seen which pinpoints a pivotal moment in American history (it seems to be set before the Crash). One thing that precipitated the Great Depression was the squeeze on farmers, who had no profit margin at all, and whose only recourse was to plant more and more, unwittingly worsening their own situation. One of the conflicts is that Charles Farrell is sent to the city to sell the wheat crop at the most advantageous price (and this is a desperate necessity), and not only fails to do so but comes home with a (perhaps unsuitable) new wife. The family patriarch has planted the farm in wheat right up to the front door, and even reprimands his little girl for picking a stalk of it to play with. They are drowning in a product everybody needs but which barely supports them, and on which they are completely dependent. The contrast between an agricultural America far from idyllic and a motorized city whose drudgery for most is at least as bad is redeemed by the awakening of human feelings and re-ordered priorities. Nothing will save these people but love and family.
City Girl is most likely to forgotten by the hand of time. It’s a silent movie gem that might had been a little too silent.
Being a fan of F.W Murnau’s horror films, like 1922’s Nosferatu & 1926’s Faust. I found the movie to be a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I love his films that picturization the harsh realities of life, such in the case of 1924’s the Last Laugh, but this movie is just a nearly a mirror image of his previous well-made film, 1927’s Sunrise. While, Sunrise had a complex story, that mixed melodrama, romantic and thriller, well. This movie sadly didn’t live up to that. Based on the play “The Mud Turtle” by Elliott Lester. The movie tells the story of a young woman, Kate (Mary Duncan), a waitress in a busy Chicago lunchroom who lives a dreary city life. She dreams of escaping the depressing realism city terms and returning to the romanticism beliefs of the countryside. She sees Lem Tustine (Charles Farrell) as her way out. Lem is a naïve and sweet-natured farm boy who has been sent to the city to sell his family’s wheat crop. Over the course of a few visits, they fall in love, marry, and set out for the wheat-fields. Kate find out first-hand, that country life isn’t what she dreamt, it could be, as Lem’s harsh, tyrannical father (David Torrence), run and work his farm-hands hard in a nearly fascist dictator state. Can Kate survive farm-life, or will she leave back for the city? All of the acting is pretty well-done. Due to the director inability to secure the services of Sunrise star Janet Gaynor. The director was forced by the studio to substitute for Mary Duncan. She was chosen reportedly because she was the girlfriend of one of the Fox executives. I was disappointed to read that Mary Duncan gave up the profession just a couple of years after this movie wrapped as she had real star quality. Charles Farrell had a longer lasting career, before going into politics. He end, being the mayor of Palm Springs for a while. Both leads deliver tremendous performances in City Girl. David Torrence plays the formidable father figure with great vigor and is terrifying. His constant scowl works to overshadow the central romance. Still, his character never made much sense in the reason, why he is angry. The whole ending turn seem unrealistic, and unexplained as hell. Richard Alexander as Mac, the quietly devious but charming, love interesting/rival was alright for the most part. One thing, that the film seem to missing was the German Expressionism. Everything, here seems to be made in the style of American filmmaking. Gone are the exaggerated, fairy-tale world city sets that made movies like Sunrise stand out. Everything here was indeed control by the lower budget due to the Great Depression. The city sets were nearly limited to two scenes in a small studio. One is the busy diner, where Murnau captures city life as a bustling and crowded, as every extra seems in a rush to get to one place or another without showing much of the city landscape. Two is the apartment that Kate lives. Her apartment looks out over flashing neon signs and an elevated railway just inches from her window is thrown in for good measure. I was really hoping for more than that. The country sequences are poorly lit with characters using oil lamps in order to navigate the house and fields at night. There were a few impressive tracking shots, but for the most part. It wasn’t used due to the change in locations. F.W Murnau wanted it in Minnesota, but due to budget, it was filmed in Oregon. You truly don’t see much of the landscape in this film. F.W Murnau always used forced perspective in most of his films, but in this film. It was indeed, missing. Director F.W. Murnau wanted the title of the film to be “Our Daily Bread”, but the studio refused, as the title might offended Christians watching the film. City Girl went on somewhat call ‘the Intruder’ in French cinemas due to misunderstand in language of the plot as people thought it was a murder mystery like Sunrise. City Girl was made in a time, where silent films were falling out of fashion for ‘talkies’ movies. While, the film, which had been shot silent. The studio scheduled to have parts of it re-shot with sound. Murnau refused, wanting nothing to do with “talkies”. Due to this and other clashes with the Fox studio, he left the picture before it was completed. An assistant director finished it. A version of the film, with some sound elements, was made alongside the silent version, but was lost over time. As of this writing, the silent version is the only copy of this film. So indeed, the final product perhaps was Murnau’s vision and its shows. Since the movie is a public domain silent film. The score of the film differs by copy. Arthur Kay’s original score might be missing in some of them. Depending on your copy, Christopher Caliendo might be yours. Its feature an upbeat, fast tempo but jolting score which captures the frenetic stop-start pace of city life and more apathetic pace for the country. It’s the best version. The movie was indeed cut as there are 90 minutes versions, and 77 minute ones. For an old silent film, most of the copies are surprising well restored. There are a few dirt on the film, but for the most part, nice and clean. Look for the Masters of Cinema Blu-Ray version or 20th Century Fox – Region 1 for the best copies. Overall: City Girl a great example about love and the struggle between rural life and urbanization. It’s a paradoxical retelling of the fable of the city rat versus rat fields.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 17 min (77 min), 2 hr (120 min) (Canada), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (USA), 1 hr 25 min (85 min) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director F.W. Murnau
Writer Elliott Lester, Berthold Viertel, Marion Orth
Actors Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System), Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.19 : 1 (sound version), 1.33 : 1 (silent version)
Film Length 2,416 m (Sweden, sound version), 2,494 m (Sweden, silent version), 1,881 m (sound version), 2,505 m (silent version)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm