Monday, November 7, 2016

MetroGraph presents:MAGGIE CHEUNG: CENTER STAGE 20 Film Retrospective All 35mm! Begins Thursday December 8

Beginning Thursday December 8, Metrograph will present "Maggie Cheung: Center Stage," a 20-film retrospective, all in 35mm. Maggie Cheung has made such a tremendous impact on visual culture throughout her wide-ranging career that she has become an image of contemporary Chinese femininity recognized the world over. Born to Shanghainese parents in Hong Kong and an on-and-off resident of Paris, London, and China, Cheung is a fluid, cosmopolitan figure, fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, English, and French. Coming to film from a modeling and beauty pageant career in the 1980s, she transcended her early roles as eye candy in formulaic romantic comedies for the Hong Kong studio system; went on to participate in the local revolution in action filmmaking; started a long and definitive association with Wong Kar-Wai in his debut feature As Tears Go By; and devastatingly resurrected the pre-revolutionary Shanghainese silent screen goddess Ruan Ling-yu in Stanley Kwan’s landmark 1992 film Center Stage. From there Cheung achieved international fame, collaborating with Olivier Assayas on Irma Vep and Clean—for which she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at Cannes. With this retrospective, Metrograph salutes the quintessential Chinese screen icon of our time. Special thanks to the Academy Film Archives and David Bordwell.

Films include:

2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004, 129 mins)

As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-wai, 1988, 102 mins)

Ashes of Time Redux (Wong Kar-wai, 1994/2008, 93 mins)

Comrades: Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan, 1996, 118 mins)

Center Stage (Stanley Kwan, 1991, 126 mins)

Clean (Olivier Assayas, 2004, 90 mins)

Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990, 94 mins)

Green Snake (Tsui Hark, 1993, 99 mins)

Farewell China (Clara Law, 1990, 114 mins)

Happy Ghost III (Johnnie To, 1986, 89 mins)

The Heroic Trio (Johnnie To, 1993, 88 mins)

The Iceman Cometh (Clarence Fok, 1999, 114 mins)

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2001, 98 mins)

Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996, 99 mins)

Police Story (Jackie Chan, 1985, 94 mins)

Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan, 1988, 101 mins)

Police Story 3: Supercop (Stanley Tong, 1992, 95 mins)

Project A Part II (Jackie Chan, 1987, 101 mins)

Red Dust (Ho Yim, 1990, 94 mins)

The Twin Dragons (Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, 1992, 104 mins)

For tickets and more information go to the Metograph website

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