The Goddess 神女


Goddess-London-poster-A4The KT Wong Foundation, in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) and China Film Archive (CFA), screened a remastered version of classic Chinese silent film The Goddess this autumn at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank. This exclusive UK premiere took place on 14th October 2014 as part of the prestigious BFI London Film Festival – one of the world’s leading cinema events.

To celebrate this historic moment the KT Wong Foundation has commissioned a new musical score for The Goddess by Chinese composer Zou Ye. The English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Chalmers accompanied the evening screening of the film.

拿督黃紀達基金會,攜手英國電影協會(BFI)和中國電影資料館(CFA),將中國經典默片《神女》的數字修復版帶到了倫敦進行放映,並於2014年10月14日在享譽盛名的倫敦電影節期間進行了英國首映。

為了紀念這歷史性的重要時刻,拿督黃紀達基金會委託中國著名作曲家鄒野為《神女》重新譜曲。首映當晚,觀眾在欣賞默片的同時,还能欣賞到由尼古拉斯·查爾莫指揮、由英國室內管弦樂團進行的現場演奏。

 

The Goddess is an iconic classic of Chinese film, and represents a high watermark for the country’s art. The writer and director Wu Yong Gang, who continued to make groundbreaking films in China until 1982, originally filmed it in Shanghai in 1933. Together with his lead star, the beautiful Ruan Lingyu, this film has retained its iconic status and is one of the first films to be restored by the China Film Archive together with the BFI.

shennu_1The story of The Goddess highlights the challenges faced by an impoverished single mother struggling to put her son through school. The female lead, whose name we never learn, suffers a series of escalating hardships and humiliations at the hands of punishing authority figures. Ruan Lingyu was easily the most famous actress in Chinese silent cinema during the thirties and perfect for the role. Her talent and charisma paved the way for a Chinese cinema dominated by major female stars, thus making women emblematic of a society’s struggle and liberation towards a modern era.

The Goddess forms one part of a programme of 15 films selected by KT Wong Foundation, entitled Goddess, Martyr, Heroine: A Portrait of Women in Chinese Cinema. The programme focuses on the role of Chinese women over the last century, as shown though film.

《神女》是一部代表了中國近代史上最高藝術水準的電影。該片講述了一位貧苦女人為了養活兒子淪為暗娼,為了兒子的前途和學業,她承受了來自社會的各種不公待遇和屈辱。《神女》原作拍攝於1933年的上海,由吳永剛執導並編劇,直到1982年這位著名導演已經為中國影壇創下無數佳績。女主角的飾演者阮玲玉,也因其精湛的演技和獨特的魅力晉升為30年代最著名的女影星,並為女性的社會鬥爭與解放作出了卓越的貢獻。

圍繞中國電影史上的女性形象:神女、烈士、巾幗,拿督黃紀達基金會精心挑選了15部中國上世紀的經典電影,《神女》就是其中之一。也因為其經久不衰的藝術價值,英國電影協會和中國電影資料館將《神女》列入首批修復的名單。


 

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展覽場地:Queen Elizabeth Hall 伊麗莎白女皇演奏廳
展覽時間:14.10.2014
更多信息:www.ktwong.org