While the ending of "City Girl" is rather poor, it still is a film well worth seeing, as it shows just how artful a silent film can be. While this was, for the most part, directed by the famous F.W. Murnau of "Nosferatu" fame, this film seems to have little in common with this early horror classic. Instead, it's one of Murnau's tales of the common man--something he excelled at in the late period of his too-short life.
The film begins with a young man, Lem, in the big city to sell his family's wheat crop. It's obvious that his very controlling father has very little confidence in the young guy and when he returns from the trip, the jerk of a father holds two things against him. First, the price of the wheat crop was very low and he blames Lem for this. Second, Lem returns with a new bride and while it's never certain why, the father instantly hates the lady--thinking she married him for his money. Considering that the family owns a large farm, this makes little sense as I'd think few city gals would want to move to the middle of no where! In fact, the father's character is THE problem with the film. While the film is breathtaking with its rich cinematography, the angry dad never made sense---especially since late in the film he miraculously changes--welcoming his new daughter-in-law into the family!! How much of this hole-ridden plot is the fault of Murnau, I have no idea as the studio substituted another man at the helm at the last moment--and the final product perhaps was NOT his vision. I do know that artistically, what I loved about the film was undoubtedly his vision--as it bears the marks of his style. The film is simple and gorgeous from start to finish--as Murnau had quite the eye for the craft.
Action / Drama / Romance
Action / Drama / Romance
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.
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July 27, 2022 at 02:40 AM