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Center Stage: The Melodrama of Resistance

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Center Stage is a critically dialectic work interrogating one type of melodrama common to Shanghai cinema in the 1930s, influenced by Hollywood, but also haunting post-1945 Hong Kong cinema. Exploring such areas not only reinforces the richness of this great achievement of New Hong Kong Cinema but also further emphasizes it relevance for the present, a relevance very much in the minds of Stanley Kwan and his team when they engaged in a collaborative enterprise, the nature of which fully appears in the director’s cut version rather than the one intended for theatrical release. Any serious study of Center Stage has, of necessity, to concentrate on the extended version.

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