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Desiring the diegesis: music and self-seduction in the films of Wong Kar Wai

Binns, Alexander

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Abstract

Examines Hong Kong art cinema, especially the work of film director Wong Kar-Wai, as a means of illustrating a use of music in film that puts a strain on the distinctions between diegetic music and its authoritative other, the non-diegetic, which have played a crucial role in developing a critical approach to film music.Wong Kar-Wei uses public domain music so that it becomes part of the plot and actively involves the characters in its performance.The discussion focuses on two films from the mid-1990s:Chungking Express and Fallen Angels.

Publication Date Jun 1, 2008
Pages 127 - 140
Book Title CineMusic?: constructing the film score
ISBN 978-1-84718-593-8
APA6 Citation Binns, A. (2008). Desiring the diegesis: music and self-seduction in the films of Wong Kar Wai. CineMusic?: constructing the film score, 127 - 140. Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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