Magnificently Maggie

Magnificently Maggie

2 Episodes

The magnetic Maggie Cheung lights up the screen in two mesmerizing metatextual works that deconstruct the nature of stardom. In Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan’s lush, kaleidoscopic biopic CENTER STAGE, Cheung embodies ill-fated screen siren Ruan Lingyu, who rose to fame as the “Greta Garbo of China,” but whose turbulent private life gradually began to mirror the tragic melodramas in which she starred. Cheung then plays a version of herself—a Hong Kong action star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic crime serial LES VAMPIRES—in Olivier Assayas’s IRMA VEP, an ultracool, hallucinatory tour through the 1990s French film industry.

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Magnificently Maggie
  • Center Stage

    Episode 1

    Directed by Stanley Kwan • 1991 • Hong Kong
    Starring Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Carina Lau Ka Ling

    International superstar Maggie Cheung 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. Th...

  • Irma Vep

    Episode 2

    Directed by Olivier Assayas • 1996 • France
    Starring Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard

    Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in...