Film - Feature | October 7 | 4-5:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Inspired by the real-life suicide of actress Ai Xia, New Women pointedly addresses the struggles of Chinas urban new women to survive independently; tragically, its tale of a talented woman hounded by gossip into suicide was mirrored by the death of its lead actress, the legendary Ruan Lingyu, who would kill herself only months after the films release. Ruan plays a strong-willed music teacher and single mother whose dreams of becoming an author (with a novel fittingly titled The Tomb of Love) are dashed. The films bleakness is shocking for its time and still eye-opening today.
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