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The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-waiFilm Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance$
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Gary Bettinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139293

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139293.001.0001

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Romantic Overtures

Romantic Overtures

Music in Chungking Express

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The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai

Gary Bettinson

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines Wong’s engagement with musical style, considering the functions and effects of music in Chungking Express in particular. It explores Wong’s selection and deployment of highly eclectic music cues; it outlines his practice of musical scoring and spotting, illuminating the extent to which his musical engagement typifies Hong Kong practice; and it investigates the utility of concepts such as postmodernism, nostalgia, MTV stylistics, hybridity, and Deleuze’s movement-image and time-image in elucidating Wong’s sound tracks. Most broadly, the chapter examines the music track’s relation to character subjectivity, emotional meaning and response (e.g. sentimentality), and audio-visual sensuousness.

Keywords:   Postmodernism, Nostalgia, MTV, Deleuze, Sensuousness, Emotion, Subjectivity, compilation score, auteurism, hybridity

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