Last week, wonderfully seasoned cinematographer Christopher Doyle spoke bluntly and honestly about his feelings towards Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and the state of the Academy Awards. Known for having some straight forward and unflinching opinions of his own, Doyle spoke about Pi, saying, “I think it’s a fucking insult to cinematography… That’s not cinematography. That’s control of the image by the powers that be, by the people that want to control the whole system because they’re all accounts. You’ve lost cinema. This is not cinema and it’s not cinematography.” And after working in film for over 30 years and creating some of the most beautifully crafted scenes for everyone from Wong Kar-wai to Jim Jarmsusch he’s got all the right in the world to be vocal and we’re happy to listen. And to my delight, a 2007 dcoumentary titled In the Mood for Doyle has made its way online, giving more insight into Doyle’s cinematic mind. Have a look at the 54-minute doc below and enjoy some of Doyle’s most stunning scenes from Wong Kar-wai films.
Known for his artfully shot films populated with lonesome characters enduring some form of existential romantic yearning, director Wong Kar-wai last graced us with the mildly-received My Blueberry Nights. But from the director who brought us Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, and 2046, it’s difficult not to be excited by any project he has his hands in. And with his first feature in six years, Kar-wai looks to be harkening back to his Ashes of Time sense of action with The Grandmaster. Starring Kar-wai film staple Tony Leung, the film tells the story of the famed martial arts master Ip Man who trained Bruce Lee.
Last week, The Grandmaster had it’s Hong Kong and China premiere, opening to generally well-received reviews across the board. Variety stated:
Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai exceeds expectations with "The Grandmaster," fashioning a 1930s action saga into a refined piece of commercial filmmaking. Boasting one of the most propulsive yet ethereal realizations of authentic martial arts onscreen, as well as a merging of physicality and philosophy not attained in Chinese cinema since King Hu’s masterpieces, the hotly anticipated pic is sure to win new converts from the genre camp.
Next month, the film will have a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, but in the meantime, Twitch has provided three new behind the scenes featurettes to build on the anticipation for the film. The clips include interviews with the cast and crew, a look at the location and sets of the film, as well as Leung’s training for the role.