Peter Brunette

Wong Kar-wai

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Wong Kar-Wai traces this immensely exciting director's perennial themes of time, love, and loss, and examines the political implications of his films, especially concerning the handover of former British colony Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. This book is the first in any language to cover all of Wong's work, from his first film, As Tears Go By, to his most recent, the still unreleased 2046. It also includes his best-known, highly honored films, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and above all, In the Mood for Love. Most importantly, Peter Brunette describes the ways in which Wong's supremely visual films attempt to create a new form of cinema by relying on stunning, suggestive visual images and audio tracks to tell their story, rather than on traditional notions of character, dialogue, and plot. The question of Wong Kar-wai's use of genre film techniques in art films is also explored in depth.
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    강정구has quoted6 years ago
    when the couple is walking together, the camera will somewhat perversely continue to remain on their midsection rather than, more conventionally, panning up to their faces as quickly as possible to preserve normal framing
    Александр Лыковhas quoted7 years ago
    there anything in the world that doesn't have an expiry date? If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries.
    Александр Лыковhas quoted7 years ago
    Memory, once again, becomes the means by which we organize time and our very subjectivity itself.

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