Street Angel

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This glimpse of the Chinese left wing cinema of the '30s is a true revelation. Maturely assimilating various lessons from Hollywood, it sketches the street life of the poorest quarter of Shanghai just before the city's fall to the Japanese; the main characters are a street musician, a hooker, a newsvendor, and a 'sing-song' girl. Its conclusions are inevitably pessimistic, but both script and performances are warmly humorous; and the attitude to issues like prostitution makes Western cinema of the '60s seem antiquated by comparison.

By: TR

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Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Yuan Muzhi
Screenwriter: Yuan Muzhi
Cast: Zhao Dan
Wei Heling
Qian Qianli
Zhou Xuan
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