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Program Title: THE Goddess [Shen nu]
EASC Code: CG-03
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language:
Subtitles:
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director:
Producer: Lianhua Studios
Release Date: 1934
Running Time:
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "The story of a beautiful streetwalker ("goddess" is slang for prostitute) who sells herself to support her family. Bullied by the police and a local despot, she tries in vain to protect her son from similar treatment at school. Driven to the point of madness by oppression, this desperate soul strikes out, destroying the last remnants of hope in her beleaguered life. Socio-economic wrongs are the ostensible subject of THE GODDESS, but it is Ruan Lingyu's moving performance that deepens and universalizes the film's impact."
Data Entry Date: 1/25/1999