THIS APRIL- The Paradise is going back to basics with nine films that tell thee story of our founding decade: the drama, the depression, and the design. The Paradise Presents DIRTY DECO: an aesthetic journey through the 1930s. From subversive pre-code productions, to later works that recapture the sordid underbelly of the era from a contemporary political lens- all through the sheen of glorious art deco. Step back in time and join us in Paradise as we travel back to the dirty decade...
Our next film takes us to 1930s Shanghai, for the tragic true story of China's first prima donna of the silver screen. Directed by Stanley Kwan, and starring Maggie Cheung as Ruan Lingyu- The Paradise Presents: 1991's CENTER STAGE.
International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) 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 (Rouge). Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, “tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving” (Time Out).
(Courtesy of Film Movement)
Sunday April 2nd, 7 PM/6:30 PM Doors
Door tickets are available for purchase on the day of screening. Refunds can be requested up to 12 hours before the screening. All refunds must be requested and processed through eventbrite.
Looking for more deco? These films pair perfectly with our newly reopened Bar Biltmore! Join us Thursdays through Saturdays in our intimate narrow speakeasy-style bar accented with antique brass and Art Deco patterned tiles. Bespoke leather stools and cushions beside our wide windows offer luxuriant spots to sit, chat, and drink. The seasonal outdoor patio balcony overlooks Bloor Street West and our landmark Paradise sign. The views towards downtown and the crisp design make this cocktail bar the perfect place for a drink before a dinner, a show, or an intimate setting for a raucous celebration lasting until the small hours. Visit barbiltmore.com to reserve a table!