The City Girl

Martha Coolidge's The City Girl reps a hardnosed, if frequently funny, look at a young woman's attempt to forge a career and self-esteem. It's a predecessor to same director's 1983 indie hit, Valley Girl.

With:
Laura Harrington Joe Mastroianni Carole McGill Peter Riegert Jim Carrington Lawrence Phillips

Martha Coolidge’s The City Girl reps a hardnosed, if frequently funny, look at a young woman’s attempt to forge a career and self-esteem. It’s a predecessor to same director’s 1983 indie hit, Valley Girl.

Lead character of Anne is a young lady who, in an awfully serious way, is trying to get a foot up as a professional photographer. Joey, her sympathetic but very straight boyfriend, indulges her to a point but would rather have her fill the conventional woman’s role, something it’s obvious she won’t do.

Most bracing aspect of Coolidge’s treatment of the relatively plain material is her rigorously objective, unindulgent perspective.

In line with the director’s approach, Laura Harrington, who plays Anne, does not sentimentalize her character.

The City Girl

Production: Moon. Director Martha Coolidge; Producer Martha Coolidge; Screenplay Judith Tompson, Leonard-John Gates; Camera Daniel Hainey; Editor Linda Leeds, Eva Gardos; Music Scott Wilk, Marc Levinthal;; Art Director Ninkey Dalton

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Laura Harrington Joe Mastroianni Carole McGill Peter Riegert Jim Carrington Lawrence Phillips

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