The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
In the Mood for Love
Exquisite, dance-like account of the never-quite-consummated relationship between two lonely married people who suspect their spouses of having an affair. A rondo of glances, meticulously rendered gestures, and the graceful orchestrations of everyday life, Wong’s opus is one of the 21st century’s greatest films, a totally engulfing but distanced portrait of a long-vanished time and place (1960s Hong Kong). Wong’s extraordinary choreography of music, body and image provides the perfect platform for Leung and Maggie Cheung’s intimate, towering performances.
35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
Also screening on Wed 29 March
Crying on the Inside: The empathetic stardom of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Flowers of Shanghai (1998) – Wed 22 Mar, 7pm
Hero (2002) – Wed 22 Mar, 9.10pm
In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wed 29 Mar, 7pm
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991)– Wed 29 Mar, 8.55pm
Hard Boiled (1992) – Wed 5 Apr, 7pm
Cyclo (1995) – Wed 5 Apr, 9.20pm
About the program
Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, whilst working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend, Stephen Chow...
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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