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Night in the City

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Language  Mandarin
Director  Fei Mu
Country  China
Night in the City movie scenes The city lit up during the night was the scene of the 1993 movie
Release date  1933

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Night in the City (Chinese: 城市之夜; pinyin: Chéngshì zhī yè) (also known as City Nights) was a 1933 Chinese silent film.

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Production background

Night in the City was the directorial debut of Fei Mu (who would later go on to achieve lasting fame throughout the 1930s and 1940s) and starred actress Ruan Lingyu and actor Jin Yan. It was highly acclaimed upon its release, particularly by leftist progressives for its social criticisms of city-life. The film is now considered a lost film.

Plot

The film tells the story of a poor family living in China's slums. The daughter, played by Ruan Lingyu, is forced to work at the docks. When it is learned that the slum's landlord is preparing to demolish the entire tenement, the daughter is forced to give up her body to her landlord's son in exchange for a delay in construction. By the end of the film, the daughter, her family, and the landlord's son all leave the city for what they hope will be a better life in the country.

Preservation

Though lost, parts of the film were "recreated" for scenes in Stanley Kwan's 1991 biographical film on Ruan Lingyu's life and career, Centre Stage.

Cast

  • Ruan Lingyu
  • Jin Yan
  • References

    Night in the City Wikipedia


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