The Goddess - Film Screening
Part of the series
Goddess: Chinese Women on Screen (November 9 - December 8, 2012)
Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture
The Goddess 神女
Dir. WU Yonggang 吴永刚. 1934. China. Silent. B/W. 76 min. 35mm. With English subtitles.
Featuring RUAN Lingyu 阮玲玉.
A struggling single mother in 1930s Shanghai resorts to prostitution in order to provide for her young son. In an oppressive society that will never give her and her beloved child a chance, she is doomed to a tragic fate as she fights a hoodlum who steals her money and makes her his kept woman. The Goddess features a nuanced and heart-wrenching performance by the queen of silent cinema Ruan Lingyu — often called the "Chinese Greta Garbo" — in her most celebrated role. At once vulnerable and resilient, the heroine embodies gender and class struggle and the motherly ideal.
This series is part of Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture. Additional support is provided by People's Republic of China's Ministry of Culture, China Film Archive, and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.