Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Choi In-kyu - "Angels on the Street" 1941


Starring two of the most celebrated actresses of the era as a pair of orphans living on the Seoul streets, Angels deftly avoids the pitfalls of the stereotypical propaganda film by skillfully combining the technical and expressive devices of classical Hollywood cinema with an almost neorealist approach to its subject. By portraying the resolutely day-to-day world of a foster home for orphans, Choi masterfully balances the necessary endorsement of the official colonial policy of privately sponsored welfare with his implicit critique of the state through his sensitive depiction of the abandoned colonial children. 

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