Thursday, February 21, 2008

Happy Together

I've been thinking about Wong Kar Wai's films a lot lately. Last year's 2046 was part of a trilogy that includes In the Mood For Love with Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. In the Mood For Love it has a wonderful soundtrack including two Nat King Cole songs sung in Spanish. The film is shot almost completely through doorways so that you almost always have the feeling that you are spying and forget that you are in the cinema watching a film. Tony Leung was a very different sort of romantic lead in Happy Together. He plays an "anything but happy" gay man living in Buenos Aires. According to one account I read he was originally given a fake script and only found out about the gay love scene after having flown all the way to Argentina to do the film. For me the scene that I have included here is one of those scenes, like in My Beautiful Launderette, where it doesn't matter if it's two men or two women or a man and a woman, it's about connection and that's what makes it hot. If you don't have ten minutes to watch this then fast-forward to the last couple of minutes and see if you don't agree. Not too many movies would have Astor Piazzolla's tango music and Frank Zappa on the same soundtrack. Joe Bob says: "Check it Out."

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