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S2E10 - Colour in the Films of Wong Kar-Wai

December 1, 2020

For our season 2 finale, we keep it simple and discuss none other than the use of colour across the works of Wong Kar-Wai. In particular, we discuss the use of colour to evoke emotions, mood, and symbolism in his 21st century masterpieces In The Mood For Love and 2046.

We’ll be taking a break for the holidays, but our regularly scheduled programming will continue in January 2021. And who knows, there might be some bonus episodes coming…

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The different ways in which colour is utilized and created in cinema: lighting, production design, grading.

  • Wong Kar-Wai’s evolution as an artist and his highly instinctual and intercultural approach to colour.

  • Cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s approach to colour.

  • The new restorations of Wong Kar-Wai’s cinema, and the possible issues therein. AKA: “In the Mood For Love: was it always this green?”

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Additional Resources:

Works discussed during this episode:

By Wong Kar-Wai:

Days of Being Wild

Chungking Express

Fallen Angels

Happy Together

In The Mood For Love


By Others:

Apocalypse Now

Dick Tracy

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