We have a strange fascination for what we otherwise are conditioned to condemn. The big screen works this transformation in a way only art can. Courtesans are just so right for evoking a myriad emotions, aren’t they?
Oh, the tragedy of it all! Lust. Sin. Love. Conflict. Redemption.
You root for her – her lips quivering and tears perched strategically in her eyes (glycerine is known to help here) – to give up her dancing bells for the Prince (or anyone rich from a respectable family) who is ready to sacrifice all.
Presenting, the faces and performances that have stood the test of time………
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