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The Goddess

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Noted pianist and composer Donald Sosin accompanies the most famous Chinese silent film, THE GODDESS, starring Ruan Lingyu.

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Chinese film expert Christopher Rea calls The Goddess “the most celebrated Chinese film of the silent era.” Starring the legendary Ruan Lingyu – the most famous silent film actress in China – in one of her most iconic performances as a Shanghai prostitute who will sacrifice everything for her young son. Featuring visually stunning images of night time Shanghai, the film will be presented with a new score created exclusively for this event by noted silent film accompanist Donald Sosin, whose work has appeared on countless silent movie DVDs. (Dir.: Wu Yonggang, China, 1934, 85 min., b&w, silent with English intertitles)

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Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

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