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神女 [The Goddess] (1935)

Considering the rather extreme stylization and exaggeration that characterizes much of asian filmmaking through the ages, it is fascinating to witness the partly subtle and subdued (for a silent, that is) acting style of early legend Ruan Ling-Yu.

A sentimental, didactic – and surprisingly liberal-minded – drama of a fallen woman’s struggle and suffering. In my book of facial expression.

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2 Responses to 1151

  1. TSorensen says:

    She is pretty good isn’t she? And you are right, later Chinese films are anything but subtle.

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