Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In The Mood For Love...



I'M IN LOVE...with a movie.  I've been hiding this, wanting it all for myself for about a year now, but it's time to let the cat out of the bag.  I'm like a stalker who's been in rehab..now willing to let you know! 

More beautiful than anything needs to be,  "In The Mood For Love", (2000), directed by the great Hong Kong director, Wong Kar-wai, is a story of yearning and desire.  From the elegant, atmospheric soundtrack of Yumeji's Theme, to the melodic flow of Nat King Cole's singing, surprise follows surprise.  Claustrophobic settings, elegant presentation!

The director has complete control over the action..and it's been said that there was no script when the movie began.  I can believe that the gorgeous stars, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, were aficionados of film noir, and found it easy to stroll through 1962, almost without instruction.  For that's what seems to happen a lot..walking past each other in glorious color, zaps of electricity almost visible.  And oh! that yearning..will there be rapture?    

The protagonists move into the same crowded apartment building.  They are married to spouses who are never present, whom they come to realize are romantically involved.  Their anguish draws them together, yet glances and measured words remain. 

The lighting, the rain, cigarette smoke, silk and shadows become part of our journey through their desire.  The undercurrent is rapturous.  Her beautiful wardrobe is more seductive than nudity would be.  One could say, everything is covered, except for the yearning.."For us to do the same thing, would mean that we are no better than they are".

I feel like a voyeur when I watch this movie.  In love with this one, in love with that...not real life.  A gorgeous movie.

Netflix is waiting.


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14 comments:

Derrick said...

So, did you enjoy this then, Lyn?!
See, I would just watch it and either like or not. I appreciate your richly descriptive review.

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
I think I did! I'm in love with it, as I said..and I've been known to go overboard when I'm in love!!
thank you....

Sam Liu said...

Sounds like the most marvellous movie, and your articulate review is a joy to read. I must watch it one day :)

Lyn said...

Hi Sam-
It is a great movie..and I hope you'll see it..thanks for your comment!

The Muse said...

Bringing you blessings....
Hope you are indeed most well!

Lyn said...

Hi Muse-
How lovely! thank you...

Carrie Burtt said...

Sounds wonderful. Leaving some things to the imagination is an art that one does not see much anymore. Great post wonderful review! :-)

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
Thank you...Yes, the power of suggestion! Very tantalizing...

joanny said...

I am happy you shared this with us Lyn.I am an incurable Romantic -- will check out this movie -- love the way you describe the "new Love" feeling like that first blush of love when you can barely concentrate on anything else and the world seems new and strange -

Have a nice 4th week end.

Joanny

Lyn said...

Hi joanny-
Thank you..ah, new love..quite an amazing occurance!!
You have a great weekend, too...

willow said...

You're right. This is a gorgeous movie. Two woolly socks (or I guess you could say flip-flops) up from me!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
So glad you agree..I'm getting ready to see it again.. Just love that Nat King Cole's amazing voice is featured...

signed...bkm said...

Love it...what a way to go..writing poetry....that is an optimist...bkm

Lyn said...

Hi bkm-
I get the feeling that your comment applies to the Magpie prompt...anyway, I'm grateful to hear from you!

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