City Girl
City Girl (1930)

Director F.W. Murnau began City Girl as a silent film, hoping to match the artistic triumph of his earlier Sunrise. Murnau was frustrated by two elements: Fox's decision to hastily convert the film into a talkie, and his inability to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Murnau's final Hollywood film is widely underrated.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's distinguished mostly by the great director's special creative touches in filming.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

A solid, emotionally charged picture that bridges a gap between German expressionism and poetic realism.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its original title was Bread, which would account for the film's obsession with wheat. The story takes a long time to unfold.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Some of Murnau's genius remains in the lighting of individual shots, and particularly in a lyrical sequence in which a man (Charles Farrell), a woman (Mary Duncan), and Murnau's camera dance through a sunlit field.

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Stella Dallas
'city girl' is kind of the inverse 'sunrise' and was a compromised project for murnau, only being released in a truncated sound version… More
Eric Broome
This F.W. Murnau melodrama starts off well, but goes sour with its archaic values. Lem is a Minnesota farm boy whose father sends him to the big city to sell… More