An archive of the Film Appreciation Close-Ups that have been held during 2017
HONG KONG AND TAIWANESE CINEMA
Separated from the Chinese mainland by colonialism and revolution, the respective cinemas of Hong Kong and Taiwan developed very different industries, genres and auteur styles. Filmmakers as diverse as King Hu, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar Wai have delighted both their domestic and international audiences through spectacle, thrills and visual poetry, while a close look at martial arts and crime film reveals some extraordinary depths. Plus, there’s Jackie Chan!
Films to be discussed will include: In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000), A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1971), Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002) Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 1994) and A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000).
THE SOUND OF SILENTS
Silent films were anything but. The popular image of flickering black-and-white movies — accompanied by a tinny piano struggling to drown out the clanking projector — has concealed the real truth of a complex and sophisticated side of the fledgling film industry. Spend two hours with writer, teacher, composer, and silent film lover Christopher Budd exploring the creative work of composers and music editors in the silent era.