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Melodrama and political change

by Kate Fortmueller

Like The Goddess (1934), The Peach Girl 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. These melodramas are often read as metaphors for China, but the change occurs because of personal reasons rather than political agitating.

The Peach Girl (1931)

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In this sequence Lingu's mother (Ruan Ling-yu) confronts De'en and his father about her pregnancy.

from The Peach Girl (1931)
Creator: Bu Wancang
Distributor: Modern Digital
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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