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The Goddess | 神女 – Mulan International Film Festival

LILI VS. LEVIATHAN 莉莉对利维坦

The Goddess

神女

WU Yonggang | 吴永刚

China | 82 minutes | 1934 | Fiction | Silent | Mandarin intertitles with English subtitles
中国 | 82 分钟 | 1934 | 虚构 | 配乐无声电影 | 中文字幕卡与英文字幕

WED, AUG 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Innis Town Hall
Screening

Ruan Lingyu, one of the most famous stars of early Chinese cinema, gives a devastating performance as an unnamed ‘goddess’ – an ironic euphemism for a prostitute – in this profoundly moving but rarely seen classic of world cinema. In a tragic tale of shame and maternal sacrifice, Ruan stars as a mother desperate to provide for her young son and forced to take brutal vengeance on her pimp. It is a profoundly moving drama made all the more poignant by the fact that its star committed suicide at the age of 24, a year after the film’s release.

三十年代的上海,夜晚降临,一个穷苦的美貌女人(阮玲玉)为了养活尚在襁褓之中的儿子,不得不沦为在街头揽客的妓女。一次,为躲避追捕,她误入了流氓(章志直)的居所,身体和挣来的血汗钱均被后者占为己有。几年后,儿子(黎铿)长大,她背着流氓偷偷存下钱,送他入小学。然而,流言蜚语很传入学校,家长们容不下一个妓女之子,她的儿最终遭到开除。正当她决定带着儿子远走他乡时,却发现多年来攒下的积蓄早已被流氓摸走、挥霍一空……

Director 导演

吴永刚(1907年11月1日-1982年12月18日),出生于上海,18岁开始当电影美工练习生。1931年,他进入联华影业公司任美工师,后在田汉的支持下,拍摄了处女作《神女》,从此奠定了其作为导演的地位。他的一生共留下了30多部电影作品,其中不少为自编自导之作,最后一部是与吴贻弓联合执导的《巴山夜雨》(1980),获第一届金鸡奖的最佳故事片。

Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:WU Yonggang 吴永刚
  • Principal Cast 主演:RUAN Lingyu 阮玲玉、LI Keng 黎铿、ZHANG Zhizhi 章志直、TANG Huaiqiu 唐槐秋
  • Screenplay 编剧:WU Yonggang 吴永刚

Co-Presented By

Toronto Silent Film Festival
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