movie: in the mood for love

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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan, Ping Bin Lee

“He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.”

“I didn’t start making films until I was 34. But that wasted youth was probably the most valuable asset for what I’m doing now. You see the world, you end up in jail three or four times, you accumulate experience. And it gives you something to say. If you don’t have anything to say then you shouldn’t be making films. It’s nothing to do with what lens you’re using.”

– Christopher Doyle on becoming a cinematographer

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Still from In the Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar-wai) Cinematography by Christopher Doyle

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In the Mood for Love - Final Sequence

Wong Kar-Wai’s camera immortalizes everything in frame, from cigarette smoke to droplets of rain, from noodle steam to the grill of a small metal fan. 

He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.”