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De vorige editie was snel uitverkocht. De exemplaren die nog in omloop waren, kostten een klein fortuin. Nu is er gelukkig een identieke heruitgave, van een van de meest getalenteerde regisseurs uit de recente geschiedenis. De Criterion blu-ray set en dit mooie boek...wat heb je meer nodig?
...but a wordy movie book, which is what I wanted and fits. Other "recensionists" have said, this book is a "must have". I agree. Its a smartly conceptualized and nicely written retrospective from the internationally renowned film director, whom I really like for his visually and atmospheric films. Wong Kar Wai's films explore—in saturated colors, skillful cinematic scenes—themes of (often unfulfilled love, longing, and the burden of closeness). The book is structured as six conversations between Powers and Wong (each in a different locale), including the restaurant where he shot "In the Mood for Love" and the bar where he shot "Chungking Express". Discussing each of Wong’s eleven films—from "As Tears Go By" and "Days of Being Wild" to "2046" and his latest "The Grandmaster", those conversations also explore also the roots of the movies in his personal life. It is a book -by- Wong Kar Wai as co-author and an opening critical essay by Powers. It provides a comprehensive look at his work with more than 250 photographs and film stills, good as reference, however the print reproduction differs a bit form the lavish colors and magic of his movies. This film book is worth its money.
This book would've provided much insight to my final assignment on WKW in Asian Cinema. Alas that was 10 years ago. John Powers interviewed WKW like Truffaut did Hitchcock, and you do learn a lot more behind-the-scene stories of how WKW, his then cinematographer Christopher Doyle, art director William Chang, survived the glory yet commercialised HK cinema. He also explained how the look of all his movies came to be. (My favourite anecdote will always be how Tony Leung was 'mislead' into a gay love making scene, and regretting not going 'all in' years later.) Definitely a revelation to how Wong Kar Wai became WKW. This is a text heavy book and not as picturesque as I imagined. It starts with Powers' own summary of the book, which spanned perhaps 30% of the book before getting into the actual interviews. Hence my slight annoyance when content repeats itself.
Must own. Very large/heavy book full of gorgeous photos that sometimes spread across both pages. The back of the book explains what every photo is, which keeps the photos the focus instead of having captions everywhere.
But this isn't what I'd call a coffee table book/photobook. It isn't something I'd let guests pick up and flip through. I'd have to trust they wouldn't ruin it.
The 'essays' by Powers are well-written and fun to read. The conversations/interviews with Wong Kar Wai are better and worth reading multiple times.
You should own this if you love Wong Kar Wai. Would make a great gift.
I got the book! I'm happy about the price but the cover is worn out a lot and the pages corners all wet as well. Not sure because of the packaging and deliver issue. It's a bit disappointing for such a good book.
Superb photos, dream-like interviews - a feast for Wong kar-Wai fans. I'm slowly reading through it, looking forward to starting a WkW film festival this winter in my living room. A beautifully produced book, and a very reasonable price.
I'm about 20 pages in, and everything about this book is magnificent. High quality, over-sized, 2-page photo spreads of stills from films; a detailed bio; interviews with WKW, his wife, Chris Doyle (I'm expecting more form WKW's art director etc). Well-written, full of details, and contextual background as well as film critic appraisals. I am very satisfied with this book.