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The Goddess (1934)

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Rating: Not Rated
Other Features: Stereo Sound, Digital Sound

Synopsis
Ruan Ling-Yu plays a prostitute who uses her earnings to support and educate her son ("goddess" was the Shanghai term for a woman who sells her body). One night she encounters a gangster as she flees from the police. He forces her to work for him, giving up her earnings at the end of each night. Yet she is able to hide some of her money in order to continue payments to her son's school. The school board discovers her occupation, and the boy is expelled despite the pleading of the sympathetic headmaster. When the gangster steals her money, the prostitute after a brief struggle kills him. She is sent to prison for 12 years. The final scene in jail depicts the headmaster promising to raise her son, forestalling his being sent to an orphanage. Ruan's acting in the last sequence displays her complicated response to the news of her child's good fortune and the kindess of the headmaster. Ruan, as in so many of her films, is the symbol of China's suffering.



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