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Buenos Aires’ Juana Molina performs her original score for the 1934 Chinese silent film “The Goddess.” Written, directed and designed by the 27-year-old Wu Yonggang, this is the kind of film that demands a rewriting of the film history books. “The Goddess” was restored by the China Film Archive from the only known surviving print of the work. It features Chinese cinema superstar Ruan Lingyu in a Garbo-esque performance as she plays a single mother driven into prostitution (the title is a euphemism) to pay for her young son’s schooling. Free of moralism and melodrama, expressively composed and lit and very naturalistically acted, this is a film of startling modernity featuring an original score performed live by Argentinian composer Juana Molina.

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