Shen nu, (The Goddess) (1934)
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Critic Reviews for Shen nu, (The Goddess)
Free of moralism and melodrama, expressively composed and lit and very naturalistically acted, this is a film of startling modernity.
This exercise in social realism can be slow and requires concentration, but The Goddess provides a first- hand look at a remarkable performance by Ruan.
Ruan's performance is so heartrendingly pure that the film is almost unbearable to watch.
Audience Reviews for Shen nu, (The Goddess)
what could have been a mere preachy melodrama is elevated by lovely cinematography and the remarkable performance of ruan lingyu, a premier actress of chinese silent cinema in her penultimate film, as a woman fighting society's scorn to make a better life for her small son. tragically, the film mirrored her chaotic private life, which fueled scandal sheets and led to her suicide at age 24. u can see this film here--> http://www.archive.org/details/thegoddess
Chinese silent film star Ruan Ling-Yu knew how to light up the screen. Whether there were happy or hard moments, her emotions projected the mood of the film.
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