Mood for Love

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE: So close, so far

Brunette argues that one way mise-en-scene is used in In the Mood for Love is to both bring the audience closer to the characters and to keep the audience at a distance or remove. So, for example, close-ups are used to foster a sense of intimacy and emotional connection, but the camera maybe focused on a part of the body instead of the face. In other cases, we may be shown an empty room or hallway while the characters talk out of frame. Camera movement also plays a role here. A shot may start with the camera on the characters, but then move to a position where our view is obstructed by a doorway or other object.

Did you have this feeling of both being close to Mo Chow-wan and Su Li-zhen, but also distant? What role did the vsiual style of the film have on shaping your relationship to the characters?


Film Analysis: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

Below are images from In the Mood for Love for use in the Film Analysis assignment. Choose one for analysis and focus on the meaning of what's in the frame. This will entatil putting the formal elements of m-e-s into narrative context.

Remember, you only need to do a Film Analysis for two of the three films in this second group. In the Mood for Love is the second film in this group.

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