Wong Kar-wai: In the Mood for Love

When 23 Aug 2013
Where Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
United States
Enquiry 718.784.0077


Wong Kar-wai, In the Mood for Love (2000). Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image.

Friday, August 23 2013, 7:00pm

Dir. Wong Kar-wai. 2000, 98 mins. 35mm
With Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung, Rebecca Pan

With Fei Mu’s Spring in a Small Town (1948) and Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) amongst its inspirations, In the Mood for Love evokes the Golden Age of Shanghai romantic melodrama while transcending it in its luscious and exacting formal design. Unfolding in languorous dream-time—despite all the clocks on the screen, the film’s chronology is sometimes traceable only by Maggie Cheung’s dazzling assortment of cheongsam—to the unforgettable score by Shigeru Umebayashi,In the Mood chronicles the intense friendship and sublimated desires between two mutually cuckolded neighbors in its tale of passion tragically thwarted. Winner of the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes for its elegant mise-en-scene—the Wong-Chris Doyle-William Chang trifecta assisted by long-time Hou Hsiao-hsien cinematographer Le Ping Bin—In the Mood for Love is one of cinema’s greatest odes to longing and desire.

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