Street Angel

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Les Anges du boulevard

Street Angel

(Malu tianshi)

by Yuan Muzhi

China

 

Les Anges du boulevard

Director: Yuan Muzhi

Script: Yuan Muzhi

Cinematographer: Wu Yinxian

Editor: Qian Xiaozhang

Art Director: Ma Yuhong

Music: He Luting

Cast: Zhao Dan, Wei Heling, Zhou Xuan, Zhao Huishen, Chen Yiting, Liu Jinyu, Feng Zhicheng, Qian Qianli

Production  Compagnie Mingxing

Distribution:
Boomerang Productions
20 rue de la glacière
75013 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1.43.36.95.00
Fax: 0033 1.47.07.50.12
Mail: boomerangprod@infonie.fr

Year: 1937

35 mm, B & W, 100 min
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

In the 30ies, Chen is a young trumpet player living in the seedy parts of Shanghai. He falls in love with Xiao Hong, a young refugee from Manchuria now occupied by the Japanese. Xiao Hong sings in a inn for a living. Chen and his bohemian friends (a young hair dresser, a student and a beggar) help Xiao Hong and her sister Xiao Yun, a prostitute, to escape the criminal underworld. They are nevertheless caught and Xiao Yun saves her younger sister at the cost of her own life.

This is not a story dwelling on sordid reality. While opposing the poor to the underworld and to the rich, Yuan Muzhi does not fall in the trap of Manicheism. Love stories take place with a background of misery, actors are typical of Chinese cinema, and a 28 year-old director shoots a film in 1937, two years after the first Chinese talkie. Street Angel is a masterpiece, not only in the early golden age of Shanghai cinema, but also in cinema from all times.

 
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