Essay

Split Image

By Aliza Ma

With Center Stage, Stanley Kwan blends formal styles to tell the story of the tragic silent Shanghainese starlet Ruan Lingyu and redefines the biopic.

Essay

When the Stars Align

By Chloe Lizotte

Stanley Kwan’s 1991 masterwork Center Stage unites two preeminent actresses divided by generations, Maggie Cheung and the silent-screen star she embodies, Ruan Lingyu.

Past Screening

Center Stage

Directed by Stanley Kwan

Intro by Kwan, plus a 1990 interview with him. Exclusive Run of New 4K Restoration.

In Kwan’s unconventional biopic, a star of the Golden Age of HK pays tribute to a predecessor from pre-revolutionary Chinese cinema, as Maggie Cheung embodies silent screen icon Ruan Lingyu.

Last available Apr 1 2021