By Catherine Grant, Chiara Grizaffi and Denise Liege
The above video explores the notion (and some of the motifs) of 'Intersection' in Wong Kar-wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love. It works through a synchronous compilation of the images and soundtracks from the montage sequences in the film that use the same orchestration of a waltz originally composed by Shigeru Umebayashi for the film Yumeji (Suzuki Seijun, 1991). Watch the video, then read these linked to, intersecting quotations from written texts about Wong's film. Then repeat.
Film Studies For Free proudly presents its latest "Study of a Single Film" entry which, this time, showcases open access scholarly work on the subject of Wong Kar-wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love.
It's a film that FSFF's author has been fortunate to have been teaching this semester, on a course which devotes its entire attention just to this one movie. As with the corresponding course last year (which treated Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados), this period of intense study has resulted in a videographic study of In the Mood for Love on the film - embedded above - this year, one co-produced as part of a research collaboration with two graduate students Chiara Grizzaffi and Denise Liege.
Speaking of videographic film studies... is exactly what FSFF's author will be doing at a workshop at the upcoming Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Seattle, USA (download PDF of the program here). At this workshop an important announcement will be made: notably, the precise online location of a brand new open access journal to which the below official press release refers:
Cinema Journal and MediaCommons will soon announce the launch of the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies. The journal, [in]Transition, will unveil its inaugural issue at next week's annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Seattle, Washington. The journal will be formally launched and discussed (amongst other topics) at the “Visualizing Media Studies: The Expansion of Scholarly Publishing into Video Essays” workshop on Thursday, March 20th (Session E14).
[in]Transition will provide a forum for a range of digital scholarship (which includes such formats as the video essay and the visual essay) and will also create a context for understanding and evaluating videographic work as a new mode of scholarly writing for the disciplines of cinema and media studies and related fields. This goal will be achieved through editorial curating of exemplary videographic works, through critical analysis and appreciation, pre-publication peer review and Open Peer Commentary.
[in]Transition will be co-edited by Catherine Grant (University of Sussex), Christian Keathley (Middlebury College), and Drew Morton (Texas A and M University-Texarkana) and managed by Christine Becker (Cinema Journal) and Jason Mittell (MediaCommons).
FSFF will also bring you that news as hot off the press as it can, probably just after the conference. So do please stay tuned! It hopes to see some of you at the workshop, too, as well as at its author's other conference panel appearance (on "Transnational Film Remakes" with Iain Robert Smith and Michael Lawrence).
But, in the meantime, please enjoy perusing the below links to scholarly material about Wong's wonderful film.
- Acquarello on Wong Kar-wai at Strictly Film School
- Gary Bettinson, 'Wong Kar-wai and the Aesthetics of Disturbance', David C. Lam Working Paper Series, 105, November 2010
- Giorgio Biancorosso, 'Romance, Insularity and Representation: Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and Hong Kong Cinema', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures Volume 1, No. 1, 2007
- Allan Cameron, 'Trajectories of identification: travel and global culture in the films of Wong Kar-wai', Jump Cut, 49, 2007
- Felicia Chan, 'In Search of a Comparative Poetics: Cultural Translatability in Transnational Chinese Cinemas', PhD, Nottingham University 2007, (chapter 3 - p. 147-201 - treats Wong Kar-wai)
- Ethel Chong, 'In the Mood for Love: Urban Alienation in Wong Kar Wai’s Films', Kinema Spring 2003
- Steve Erickson, 'Haunted Heart', Criterion Collection: Essays, October 2, 2012
- Sonia Front, 'Labyrinth of Time in Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love and 2046', Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, 5.1, April 2011
- Catherine Grant, 'INTERSECTION[S]: On Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love', Filmanalytical, March 17, 2014
- Brian Hu, 'Pop Music and Wong Kar-wai' [video essay plus text], Mediascape, Winter 2011
- Ian Johnston, 'Unhappy Together: Wong Kar-Wai's 2046', Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 47, February 2005
- Kent Jones, "Of love and the city." Film Comment, Jan/Feb 2001. Vol. 37, Issue 1; p. 22
- Shelly Kraicer, 'In the Mood for Love', Cinema Scope, no. 5: Winter, 2000
- Jo C. Law, 'Time without end: exploring the temporal experience of Wong Kar-wai's 2046 through Walter Benjamin', In A. Benjamin and C. Rice (Eds.), Walter Benjamin and the architecture of modernity (pp. 159-173). Melbourne: re.press
- Joanna C Lee, 'Music from In the Mood for Love', In the Mood for Love.com
- Anthony Leong, 'Meditations on Loss: A Framework for the Films of Wong Kar Wai', Asian Cult Cinema 1999
- Toh Hai Leong, 'Wong Kar-wai: Time, Memory, Identity', Kinema Spring 1995
- Kathryn Millard, 'Writing for the Screen: Beyond the Gospel of Story', SCAN, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006
- Ludmila Moreira Macedo de Carvalho, The ambivalent identity of Wong Kar-wai’s cinem, PhD Thesis, June 2009
- Effie Rassos, 'Everyday Narratives: Reconsidering Filmic Temporality and Spectatorial Affect Through the Quotidian,' PhD, University of New South Wales, 2005
- Roy Stafford, 'In the Mood for Love [Programme Notes]', Cornerhouse Cinema, July 6, 2007
- Stephen Teo, 'Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love: Like a Ritual in Transfigured Time', Senses of Cinema 2001
- Stephen Teo, '2046: A Matter of Time, a Labour of Love', Senses of Cinema 2005
- Vicky Thai, 'Wing Kar-wai's Notion of Time', Vimeo, December 15, 2010
- Fiona A. Villella (symposium ed.), 'The Cinema of Wong Kar-wai - A 'Writing Game', Senses of Cinema 2001
- Flannery Wilson,'Viewing Sinophone Cinema Through a French Theoretical Lens: Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, 2046, and Deleuze's Cinema', Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Volume 21, Number 1 (Spring 2009)
- Wong Kar wai, "Chine et films : La Chine à travers le cinéma chinois" [Found footage video], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR6oCKiM7AU
- Laurel Wypkema, 'Corridor Romance: Wong Kar-wai's Intimate City, Synoptique, August 1, 2005
- Audrey Yue, "In the Mood For Love; Intersections of Modernity" in Chris Berry (ed) Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes (London: BFI, 2003)
- Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, 'Transcultural Sounds: Music, Identity and the Cinema of Wong Kar-wai', David C. Lam Working Paper Series, 69, November 2007