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  • Actors: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan
  • Directors: F. W. Murnau
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KQ5TDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,604 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After the visual fireworks of Sunrise and the now-lost splendour of 4 Devils, F. W. Murnau turned his attention to this vivid, painterly study of an impulsive and fragile marriage among the wheatfields of Minnesota. During a brief stay in Chicago, innocent farmer s son Lem falls for and weds Kate, a hard-bitten but lonely waitress. Upon bringing her home at the start of harvest time, the honeymoon soon turns into a claustrophobic struggle as they contend with the bitter scorn of his father and the invasive, leering jealousy of the farm s labouring community.

Tenderly romantic and tough-minded in equal measure, City Girl is one of cinema s great pastorals, featuring some of the most delicate performances Murnau ever filmed and influencing directors such as Terrence Malick and Jean Vigo.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Murnau s penultimate film in a glorious HD transfer.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION
  • A ravishing new high-definition transfer of the Fox silent version restoration
  • A new 2008 score (2.0, 5.1) composed and arranged by Christopher Caliendo
  • Exclusive full-length audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat
  • A 28-page booklet with writing by Adrian Danks and rare production stills

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 May 2012
One of the perils of making a masterpiece is that subsequent films that might once have impressed tend to disappoint, and that's certainly the case with F.W. Murnau's City Girl, which had the misfortune to follow Sunrise. Not that Sunrise was well received when it came out or even that City Girl is quite the film that Murnau intended - he disagreed with Fox over making a concurrent and now lost talkie version and the film was finished by other anonymous hands, which might explain the somewhat more conventional editing (Murnau apparently had somewhat more elaborate plans in mind). But even had Murnau finished, this wouldn't be on the same level, though the director does try to let audiences know this is a different kind of film in the opening scenes, where a vampish woman of the city (not the title character) tries to lure Charles Farrell's country boy off the straight and narrow only for him to seemingly not get what she's driving at. Instead he falls for Mary Duncan's lonely waitress dreaming of something better than city life, who in turn notices him when he says grace before eating at the subterranean joint she works in.

Unfortunately their meeting cute and not-quite courtship is rather formulaic Hollywood fare and it's this section that at times feels most like the work of another director: the same could be said of Ernest Palmer's cinematography and Edgar G. Ulmer's design, with some mostly striking work marred by surprisingly flat ones. Despite some nice moments, it tends to drag its heels and doesn't entirely sell the idea that these two are soul mates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Austin on 16 April 2013
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Whilst not his most celebrated film, Murnau's 'City Girl' is a great watch, no proclaimed masterpiece, but significant in being a very late silent and his last American film. Often compared to 1927's 'Sunrise', it's running theme is that of the differences, and more evidently the simularities, between city and country life. It has a nice story - Kate (Mary Duncan), a street-smart waitress from the city dreaming of a life in the country meets the attention of a sweet and naive country boy called Lem (Charles Farrell), on his first trip to the city. They marry after two days, and head back to his home in the country, where his dominating father (David Torrence) crushes Kate's idea of a dream rural life. The film is superbly made and full of brilliant imagery and techniques, my only criticisms being Duncan's occasional overacting and a lack of zeal that has left this film in the shadow of 'Sunrise', in my mind the better film, but not by far.

As usual with Masters of Cinema silent releases, the film is presented sensitevely restored with a very suitible score, accompanying the images with a nice country twang.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 23 Nov. 2011
This is a re-release of the earlier Blu-ray only version, which was subsequently released separately on DVD. Now, those editions have been deleted and re-released as a Dual-Format edition. So the content on the discs is exactly the same. Because of this, the review below is mainly taken from the Blu-ray review I submitted.

City Girl was released in 1930, just as the silent film began to fall into rapid decline with the advent of the 'talkies'. However, by this time Murnau really was a master of his craft, having cut his teeth with 1922's eerie Nosferatu, by the time he released Sunrise six years later he had cemented his position as one of the world's most important (not to mention successful) filmakers. It was also, tragically, his penultimate film, as he was to die in a car crash the following year. Comparisons with 'Sunrise', then, are unfair, as Murnau wanted to create a different kind of film here.

The story is simple but extremely effective. A farmer's son, Lem, is sent to the city to sell the families' harvest of wheat. Whilst on his eye-opening business trip, he meets Kate, a cafe worker. A wonderful sequence ensures, resulting in the girl being taken back to the farm with Lem as his wife. However, Lem's uncompromising father is deeply suspicious of this city girl, and the film follows Kate's attempts to become accepted by the father.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Graham on 3 Feb. 2012
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This film is a beautiful work by F W Murnau. There is no need to explain the plot or other elements discussed elsewhere. This is an excellent transfer with no over clean up of the picture which could destroy its integrity. For me the acid test is projecting the blu ray on an HD projector on to a big screen as it was always meant to be seen. The results are like watching a pristine 35mm print - which we all know would be impossible today. The film is equally complemented by a very intelligent and wonderfully fitting music score. Priceless!

If you enjoyed the wonder of `The Artist` which by today`s standards should never have been made , you will love City Girl.
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