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The Fallen Woman Film

by Kate Fortmueller

The Goddess is an example of a fallen woman film. In fallen woman films a woman makes a mistake in her life (often sexual) and often ends up being ostracized from the rest of society as a prostitute or an unwed mother. This results in her decline and often, her eventual death. This sequence shows the mother's decline. Even though she is in jail it ends on a hopeful note - with her son's future secured.

The Goddess (1934) - The trial and imprisonment

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In this sequence the mother is sentenced to prison and she asks the principal to look after her son.

from The Goddess (1934)
Creator: Wu Yonggang
Distributor: The Center for Media Design
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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