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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.Written by
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The film is based on the play "The Mud Turtle" by Elliott Lester that opened at the Bijou Theatre on August 20, 1925, and ran for 52 performances. See more »
Each time when Lem's father, Kate, and Mac storm out of the farmhouse after Kate bandages Mac's hand, the shadow of the screen door moves across the "sky" backdrop in the background. See more »
There is a silent version, shot by F.W. Murnau, and a part-talkie sound version, with music and parts re-shot by two directors hired by the studio, after Murnau's refusal to do so. The sound version is now considered lost. The silent version was restored and edited in DVD and Blu-Ray with an original score added in August 2008. See more »
This is the next to last work by Murnau and ,like most of his movies,it should not be missed.Using the same actors as Frank Borzage in "The River" ,he tells us a story which could still happen today.The sexually repressed boy,under an over possessive dad's -looking sometimes like a patriarch from the Bible- thumb ,whose wife is treated like dirt (by her in-law)or as a sexual object (by the farm workers) ,is a character we can meet every day even in 2008.In "The river" Mary Duncan warmed up Charles Farrell's body with her own body.In "city girl" she did again ,metaphorically.
-the scene of the breakfast (the bread) which segues into that one in the eating-house.
-the arrival in the country house,the warm welcome of the mother and the harshness of the master.
-all the scenes with the boy and the workers where he realizes he is not a man like them.Perhaps the great director was opening up in these scenes which predate other works (Minnelli's "Tea and Sympathy" ,and in France Miller's "La Meilleure Façon de Marcher"):Murnau was gay and felt ashamed of it.
People who are allergic to silent movies ,you can enjoy Murnau's films:they do not need the sound,they have everything.
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