Roughly nine-minutes-long, the newest video in the “Understanding Art” series not only digs into the thematically-charged cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bin, but also the subtext of the relatively simple story: after realizing their spouses are having an affair with each other, two neighbors in early 1960s Hong Kong help each other deal with the fallout of the infidelity. Much is made about how the shots featuring the two leads, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, have them framed by the architecture of the sets, i.e. window and door frames, as well as by hallways. Also noted is the fact that the two philandering spouses are never properly seen onscreen, instead centering this story of two marriages on just two people.
“In the Mood for Love” is one of the best films of the new millennium and richly deserves each and every new celebration. Watch the edition of “Understanding Art” on Wong’s film below.