Monday, May 10, 2010

Eye Candy: In the Mood for Wong Kar Wai

If you don't know who Wong Kar Wai is, run--don't walk--to the nearest video store and rent his classic film, In the Mood for Love (2000). The contemporary Chinese director, whose hallmark is breathtakingly stylized cinematography laden with moodiness and romance, has long been heralded for his definitive style. The film, though made during the last decade, takes place in Hong Kong in the early 1960's and Wong Kar Wai's dedication to creating a specific place and time resonates persistently through each frame. The attention to detail in terms of costuming, dramatic lighting, and warm sensual coloring paints the perfect setting for this subtle love story of an affair between two otherwise conservative people whose connection builds after they learn that their spouses have been engaged in an adulterous realtionship with one another. The minimal dialogue in the movie is secondary to the stunning cintematography, which speaks louder than the characters during the course of the film.

I've recently been combing though stills of this movie for inspiration and to get the mood for creating work that is equally inspired, lyrical, and emotive. Thought I would pass along some of the loveliness....