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Street Angel (1937)

Ma lu tian shi (original title)
In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller.


Muzhi Yuan


Muzhi Yuan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Zhao Dan Zhao ... Xiao Chen (Musician)
Heling Wei Heling Wei ... Lao Wang (Newspaper Seller)
Xuan Zhou Xuan Zhou ... Xiao Hong (Singing Girl)
Jiting Wang Jiting Wang ... Qin Player
Zhicheng Feng Zhicheng Feng ... Gangster
Yiting Chen Yiting Chen ... Henchman
Qianli Qian Qianli Qian ... Barbershop Worker
Chaofu Tang Chaofu Tang ... Barbershop Owner
Jun Shen Jun Shen ... Young Peddler
Yuanyuan Qiu Yuanyuan Qiu ... Unemployed Person
Meishao Yuan Meishao Yuan ... Young Widow
Huishen Zhao Huishen Zhao ... Xiao Yun (Prostitute)
Jinyu Liu Jinyu Liu ... Brothel Madam
Jing Sun Jing Sun ... Lawyer
Jun Xie Jun Xie ... Misfortunate Man
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In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller.

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Brocklehurst's Texture
16 April 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Except for the abrupt ending, this is perfect in many ways.

Its a drama so far as the spine, but is expressed purely with comedy. Some of this is subtle and sweet, some bordering on slapstick.

But what's so compelling about this is how integrated it is. The photography is profoundly deep for the period, with rich depth. It isn't spatial like some things I have seen recently. Its not about space or sets but about light and darkness. Within this are a variety of shots. Some of these are like you would expect, shots that directly advance the narrative. But this isn't about story, but texture. So you have all sorts of shots of the type you'd never see in an ordinary film.

Different perspectives in the fashion of later Welles, of course. But there are annotative observations of things that either look or would be looked at casually by the people in the shot. The way it dances among watching them and being them is amazingly effective. Its a sort of fold, rare in my experience. Lots of long scene overlays. The editing is perhaps even more inspired because we get a rhythm that after seventy years, huge cultural divides and changes, it still reads as naturally — perhaps more — as the day and place it was made.

Its fantastic. There are things you can do in black and white that simply are impossible in color.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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