City Girl (1930)

“Life on a farm must be wonderful!” – Kate

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The son of a farmer is sent to the city in order to sell their crop and falls in love with a young waitress.

My Take on it – In my quest to expand my knowledge of films from the 1930’s, I came across this movie and was intrigued by the premise.

The film does a nice job of showing us what life was like back then both from the city life perspective and the country life perspective.

The characters both feel like fish out of water when they are placed in the other venue and that helps give us a more intimate look at the pacing of life in both of these places.

Liked the simplistic way that this film shows life at that time even though I’m sure that things in real life were a bit more complex.

The way tat they tell this story helps us get a much better understanding of the way of life in this places along with the ability to see how in some ways life and people are different in these places yet in other ways they are quite similar.

They biggest problem here is that the characters all feel superficial and aren’t developed on a deeper level which would make us care even more about what will happen to them along the way.

Bottom Line – Intriguing look at the way of life on a farm and in the city during the early 1930’s. The story is able to compare and contrast these different ways of life while showing that despite things seeming different, people and the way they act is the same. The story itself is a very simple one and that actually helps us get a better understanding of the way of life in both of these different locations.  The characters are developed well enough to understand everything going on even if none of them are portrayed on a deeper level.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director F.W. Murnau wanted the title of the film to be “Our Daily Bread”, but the studio refused. Murnau’s working title was the title used in several European countries’ distribution. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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