The Dance of Spectacular Effects in Transnational Cinemas
Postmodern French director Jean-Luc Godard suggested that cinema and language are inextricably bound in a dance of intertextuality and pastiche. In the context of the new global economy, it is not uncommon to find various aspects of Hong Kong culture playing a part in the meaning and visual economy of contemporary French films, and the reverse is true as well. While the films of French director Christophe Gans are strongly inspired from Hong Kong Wuxia Pian aesthetics, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai is known as the Chinese Godard. I will show the interaction between the French postmodern aesthetics that mark the films of Wong, and the spectacular effects characteristic of Wuxia Pian found in the films of Gans.
Keywords: transnational cinemas
Dr. Véronique Flambard-Weisbart
Associate Professor in French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles