Lost Memories: Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood For Love" and "2046"

Scott Markworth thesis

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai describes his two most recent films “In The Mood For Love” (2000) and “2046” (2004) as “two films with two different approaches that act like a mirror for each other”1. This thesis attempts to ascertain in what capacity “2046” can be interpreted as a ‘companion piece’ to “In The Mood For Love”. This thesis intends to examine the nature of the composition of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘cinematic style’, and to distinguish and explore particular ‘stylistic’ ‘aesthetics’ that are distinct to “In The Mood For Love” and “2046”. The intent of this exploration is to establish the existence of an inherent aesthetic ‘correlation’ (or ‘cross-film sensibility’) between “In The Mood For Love” and “2046” via a comparison and juxtaposition of the elements which comprise Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘cinematic style’.


supervisor: Allan Thomas

A PDF of this thesis is available below.

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