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In this episode, I talk about Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film, “In the Mood for Love,” which follows two people–Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan–in 1960s Hong Kong whose spouses are cheating on them with each other. Mrs. Chan and Mr. Chow spend more and more time together, imagining how their spouses met and started their affair, but they start to fall in love. Intent on not acting like their spouses, they resist temptation. In my exploration of the film, I emphasize the themes of longing, loneliness, desire, memory, and nostalgia.
Full show notes:
What I’ve Been Watching Notes
- Rosemary and Thyme
- My Journey Through French Cinema
- Extra episode about French cinema for my patrons on Patreon
- French Poetic Realism
- Port of Shadows
- The Docks of New York
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967 to 1975
- How Heavy This Hammer
- The Keepers, Big Little Lies, and Broadchurch
- The Secret Garden
- La Jetee
- Wild Strawberries
- Brief Encounter
- The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
- Senses of Cinema profile on Wong Kar-wai
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