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Stanley Kwans film Center Stage rewrites the life of Ruan Lingyu and raises questions about the representation of Ruans on-screen image and of her off-screen persona Ruans fragmented stories with historical details and the interaction between film directors and the female image presents the discourse of feminism in the context of the modern woman Zhang 1994 pp617 and its visual representations and the role of women in public and private domain Center Stage intersperses the main narrative with both clips and stills from the early twentieth century silent films it is paying homage to as well as with its own simulations and recreations of those same early films Brief clips from original Ruan Lingyu productions are explicitly juxtaposed with Cheungs own precise recreations of the same scenes These moments both pay homage to the original films and delineate Cheungs own talent and unique charisma Maggie Cheung immerses herself directly into the historical context of the films she is charged with recreating but in the end she succeeds only in producing a surface recreation of the life of Ruan Lingyu In their respective juxtapositions of selected scenes from the original films and Maggie Cheungs own precise recreations of the same scenes the film suggests that even this sort of direct simulacrum fails to recapture the inherent star qualities of the Ruan Lingyu In this analysis it is important to recognise how the film seeks to understand contemporary socio-cultural changes by reconstructing film history and female images from the past To examine these notions of history and their reconstruction Center Stage employs an inter-textual style that involves the films narrative structure The films style and structure reflect the historical moment in 1997 when Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule Berry 19923 pp44 In its pre-title sequence Center Stage indicates a special concern for the disappearance and rearticulation of history Two inter-reflexive female images--Ruan Lingyu a silent-screen star from the past and Maggie Cheung a popular actress
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