Center Stage (1991) 4K Blu-ray: An excellent biopic

Film Movement is releasing director Stanley Kwan’s biographical drama about Chinese actress Ruan Lingyu, Center Stage (1991) on Blu-ray. Release date: June 8, 2021.

International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies tragic screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the “Greta Garbo of China,” in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan (Rouge). Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, “tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving” (Time Out).

Film Movement Classics brings the digitally restored 1991 classic to Blu-ray in North America for the first time, loaded with exclusive extras, including an all-new interview with director Stanley Kwan.

Center Stage (1991)

Release date: June 8, 2021
Genre: Drama

DirectorLesley Selander
CastMarguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz
Production Year1951
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
RegionRegion A
Run Time72 minutes
FormatsColor / 4K / 1.37:1
SubtitleEnglish / Spanish
StudioFilm Detective

Special features

NEW introduction by Stanley Kwan
Interview with Stanley Kwan
Interview with Hong Kong cinema expert Paul Fonoroff
16-page booklet with a new essay by Aliza Ma, Head of Programming at Metrograph

Center Stage (1991) Trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos does not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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