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Scenes of City Life (1935)

92 min - Drama - 1 January 1935
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Two boys take in a female companion after their mother dies

Director:  Muzhi Yuan

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Two boys take in a female companion after their mother dies


Collections: Muzhi Yuan

Genres: Drama

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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1935

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Runtime:  1 h 32 min

Two boys take in a female companion after their mother dies.

A didactic 1935 Shanghai film disguised as a tragic comedy. A poor man has feelings for a girl, but she is being chased by another man, and her father is interfering as well. It starts off like a Charlie Chaplin picture, but it gradually reveals the underlying moral faults of the Westernized capitalistic city. While it has shortcomings (one of which is that it has two enormous framing devices right at the start – it takes a few minutes before it really gets going), I consider this picture to be on par with “The Goddess,” and one of the finest mainland Chinese films ever made.

Scenes of City Life (1935)