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Image, Sound and Silence: An Art House Film Series


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May 5, 2024
3:00 pm
Venue: Capitol Theatre


Duration: 98 minutes
Price: All Tickets $15; Series $60

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. The film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema.

by Robert Delaney, Film Arts Programmer

In the Mood for Love is so precise in execution: with a bold, hypnotic, captivating style. Wong Kar-wai has long been a leading voice in Hong Kong cinema, and In the Mood for Love is one of the pinnacles of his career. The performances and on-screen chemistry between Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Maggie Cheung Man-yuk are so affecting—like they have a gravitational pull between them. Their dynamic is amplified even more by the aching soundtrack, striking cinematography and intense atmosphere.

Image, Sound and Silence: An Art House Film Series

Art House Film is one of the most bold, dynamic and influential parts of cinema history. While its impact on filmmaking is significant, it is extremely broad, can be challenging to access, and may be difficult to know where to begin. This series—the first of its kind to be presented at the Appell Center—is designed as an introduction, opening the door for our audiences into the wide world of the Art House.

We will explore pivotal film movements like Iranian New Wave, French New Wave and Italian Neorealism. We will screen films across different eras, going back to the late 1920s and forward to the early 2000s. We will celebrate national film traditions from around the globe and filmmakers who have made far-reaching impressions on world cinema.

Whether you are completely new to these films or have seen them many times before, we hope to create a community around this series; encouraging audiences to share their thoughts through discussion following the full theatrical experience and sparking a continued sense of creative exploration.

Upcoming Films in this Series:

  • Bicycle Thieves (June 9)
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (June 23)

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