SHEN NU

V'05

SHEN NU

GODDESS, THE

Wu YONGGANG
VR China, 1934
76min, stumm/OmeU

SHEN NU

Wu YONGGANG
VR China, 1934
, 76min, stumm/OmeU

Cast: 
Ruan Lingyu
die Göttliche
Zhang Zhizhi
Zuhälter
Li Keng
Kind
Screenplay: 
Wu YONGGANG
Camera: 
Hong Weilie

Production: 
Lianhua Studio
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
Kopie: China Film Archive No. 3, Wen Hui Yuan Road Haidan District Bejing 100088, China T 1 6225 09 16 cfafad@yahoo.com.cn

In The Goddess, Ruan Lingyu plays a single mother who works as a prostitute because it is the only way for her to provide for her sons education. One night, she encounters a gangster who forces her to work for him and to surrender her earnings to him. Yet she is able to hide some of her money in order to continue payments to her sons school. The school board discovers her occupation, and the boy is expelled despite the pleadings of the sympathetic headmaster. When the gangster steals her money, the young mother kills him and is sent to prison. «The strikingly restrained visual language dramatises not only the sacrifices of the nameless protagonist, but also, implicitly, the film-makers own sense of limits demanding self-regulation.» (Kristine Harris)