Raak mij aan! Touch me!

Breathtaking romance and drama in this last Hollywood film by iconic director F.W. Murnau. With live music by James Whale Orchestra.

Kate, a waitress in a city restaurant, is lonely and unhappy in the sprawling metropolis and dreams of a life in the country. Once married, she returns to a farm in a tornado of violence and abuse. Murnau thus paints a rich picture of life in the American Midwest during the Great Depression, full of strong emotions.

The camera work is stunning, contrasting the vast open landscapes of cornfields with claustrophobic interiors filled with light and shadow, courtesy of Murnau's German Expressionist background. Disputes with FOX Studios over adding sound to City Girl led Murnau to leave Hollywood and go to the South Pacific. FOX made a sound version of the film, but it flopped upon release and has since been lost. The silent version, however, is a masterpiece of the caliber of Sunrise, often considered one of the best silent films ever made.

James Whale Orchestra

The James Whale Orchestra combines cool American minimalism, bluegrass and its own unique romanticism. The music is precisely synchronized to underscore the film, using cutting-edge music production technology combined with live soloists for an immersive "orchestral" experience.  

Founded in 2019, the JWO's unique concept of combining live soloists with music production technology has met with rapid success. The orchestra has appeared regularly at the Leiden International Film Festival, Noordelijk Film Festival, EYE Amsterdam, and many other theaters at home and abroad, among others.

At the 2023 Noordelijk Film Festival, the JWO won a "Best of Festival" audience award for their production "Blackmail. City Girl was described as "simply breathtaking" and "an emotionally intense experience.

There are no new dates planned (yet) for Classics: The James Whale Orchestra: City Girl.

Language
Live muziek, Engels, geen ondertiteling
Duration
90 min
Kijkwijzer
Country
Verenigde Staten
Year
1930
Director
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

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