Wong Kar-Wai

With his way of taking images over and treating them like autonomous material, Wong Kar-Wai has set himself apart as the most contemporary filmmaker of the bunch. He films huge flows of contemporary images from the inside, hones them to an almost dizzying point of seductiveness, but talks also about the damage they do. Individuals are alone, orphaned, unfit for love, unable to exert the slightest influence on reality.

In these film prisms which collect the luminous reflections of cityscapes and the sombre psyches of his characters, diffracting them in the brightly coloured facets of a video clip, there remains what is the true measure of any great filmmaker: a perfectly articulated vision of the state of the world, here and today.

 

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