Title

Rethinking Female Voice and the Ideology of Sound: A Study of Stanley Kwan's Film Center Stage (1992)

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Film International

Volume

10

Issue

4-5

Publisher

Intellect

Publication Date

10-1-2012

First Page

72

DOI

10.1386/fint.10.4-5.72_1

Abstract

The article presents criticism on the film "Ruan Lingyu" ("Center Stage"), focusing on director Stanley Kwan's depiction of the female voice in terms of a feminist analysis of the body and voice of Ruan Lingyu, the silent film actress whose life is the focus of the film. Kwan's use of sound editing is highlighted, and special attention is paid to actress Maggie Cheung's portrayal of Ruan. Other topics include Ruan's suicide and China's transition to sound motion pictures.

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