City Girl
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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 secure the services of Sunrise star Janet Gaynor. The director was forced by the studio to substitute the pretty but untalented Mary Duncan, reportedly because she was the girlfriend of one of the Fox executives. The resulting film is a plodding drama about farmer's son Charles Farrell coming to the Big City, where he falls in love with Duncan, bringing… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Murnau's final Hollywood film is widely underrated."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's distinguished mostly by the great director's special creative touches in filming."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A solid, emotionally charged picture that bridges a gap between German expressionism and poetic realism."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Its original title was Bread, which would account for the film's obsession with wheat. The story takes a long time to unfold."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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