MovieChat Forums > Shen nu (1934) Discussion > Interesting interpretation of the title,...

Interesting interpretation of the title, 'The Goddess'

Puzzled by the title of this film, I found this interesting:

The film's title has several layers of meaning. On one level, it is a description of the nameless character played by Ruan Lingyu, who is equated with a protective goddess in the film. On another level, the title refers to her character's occupation, in that the Chinese term shennü, while primarily meaning "goddess," also was euphemistic slang for a prostitute.

*from Wikipedia