{Of all lies, art is the least untrue - Flaubert}

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sans Exotic !

Here J. Hoberman writes about Wong Kar-Wai's latest film My Blueberry Nights, and makes this statement, which I have felt for many foreign films.

But akin to seeing Wong without his trademark shades, watching the
movie unavoidably inspires two mental exercises. The first: imagining it in
subtitled Chinese, recast with Chinese actors (Tony Leung in place of the
too-eager-to-please Jude Law). The second: replaying Wong's greatest hits sans
Orientalism—were the performances in 2046 as mediocre and the dialogue as trite
as in My Blueberry Nights?

Should we actually remove the flavor of "exotica" from the films and judge them ? I know the answer again will be, it should be "honest, well-meant and unforced exotica" !!!! Not Again !

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