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Screen Cap from Kar-Wei's 'In the Mood For Love'

 © 2010 by James Clark

       “Mind that mirror!” Mrs. Chan alerts a mover at her new rental, in Wong Kar-Wai’s deliberation (of the year 2000) upon self-examination (self-discovery, self-endurance). Her physical presence—all willowy equilibrium, symmetry and chic (brought off by the supernal Maggie Cheung)—especially striking in the context of a cluttered, grubby Hong Kong rooming house and its underwear-attired occupants, offers some assurance that the chaos nearby must soon subside to allow her regal perambulations to take a very different course. At work, as executive secretary in a modest (cramped for space) concern, she walks her boss through a primer in deluxe handbags, as provided by her often-travelling-for-business husband. Her outfit, as always, a silk, sleeveless kimono-variant, form-fitting shift (a “cheongsam,” all the rage in Asia in the early ‘sixties, the period depicted) accentuates her calm vivacity and cool efficiency in the world at large. That steady efficacy undergoes a major setback in the form of her frequent flier husband’s staging an affair (pursued largely offshore) with a woman travel agent who happens—salt in the wound—to be a neighbor in that privacy-forbidding home base. Her new landlady had (perhaps) praised her with faint criticism of her accommodating and discreet demeanour, “You’re too polite.” Coming to bear upon her trauma, that “politeness” becomes an affliction, a spur to further disorientation. Thereby she is at a pitch, in a “mood,” of crucial importance to her venture apropos of cool. (more…)

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Guess the pic

From Jamie.

hint: Don’t worry about aspect ratios, as this is from a vhs source. This film is not available on dvd (to continue Samuel’s previous pic idea)

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by Allan Fish

(Germany 2004 679m) DVD2

Aka. Die Dreite Heimat

The cosmos is mercilessly punctual

p  Robert Busch  d  Edgar Reitz  w  Edgar Reitz, Thomas Brussig  ph  Thomas Mauch, Christian Reitz  ed  Susanne Hartmann  m  various  art  Michael Fechner

Henry Arnold (Hermann Simon), Salome Kammer (Clarissa Lichtblau), Michael Kausch (Ernst Simon), Mathias Kniesbeck (Anton Simon), Christian Leonard (Hartmut Simon), Larissa Iwlewa (Galina), Nicola Schössler (Lulu Simon), Uwe Steimle (Gunnar Brehme), Tom Quaas (Udo Trötzsch), Peter Schneider (Tillman Becker), Julia Prochnow (Moni Becker), Heiko Senst (Tobi Neubauer), Karen Hempel (Petra Brehme),

The first thing that must be said is that Heimat 3 is not quite up to the standard of its two predecessors.  I think there are very few of its adherents who would claim as much.  To which the resulting inquiry must be as to why it is included?  The fact is that it is still a masterpiece, a film we would be trumpeting as a gargantuan achievement if the earlier epic instalments didn’t exist.  Yet it is only through having watched the entire saga, since Paul Simon returned home to the family smithy in 1918, that one can appreciate its infinite depth, subtlety and power. 

            When we took leave of Hermann and Clarissa in 1970 it would have seemed doubtful that they wouldn’t meet for the best part of twenty years.  Yet so it is when, on that fateful day, 9th November 1989, they meet just as the Berlin Wall is coming down.  Soon they are making love and begin another ten year journey through meetings, near-meetings, and watching their families – siblings and children – grow up before their eyes.  (more…)

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