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Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee

Edited by Kam Louie

in Eileen Chang

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083794
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083794.003.0009
Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee

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This chapter describes how Eileen Chang and Ang Lee interpret fiction-film adaptation stylistically and philosophically in their versions of the controversial wartime romance Lust, Caution. Both artists innovate with mixed media to present complex psychological portraits of traitor-patriot in generically hybrid mixtures of spy thriller, historical romance, and melodrama. While each uses prominent spatial tropes, flashbacks, and self-conscious monologues to interweave personal emotion and political ideology, ultimately Chang magnifies the imprisonment of individual materialistic desires in a mundane world while Lee emphasizes the power of historical forces to entrap human subjectivity.

Keywords: Formalism; Cultural Studies; Genre; Close-up; Shot-reverse-shot

Chapter.  5981 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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