Posts by David Pountain

How the cinema of Wong Kar-wai reflects a Hong Kong in transition

By David Pountain

The director’s work has long echoed the underlying anxiety felt in his homeland.

The bitter romanticism of Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together

By David Pountain

The Hong Kong master’s 1997 film is a deeply affecting portrait of a failing relationship.

How Bonnie and Clyde brought the French New Wave to Hollywood

By David Pountain

Arthur Penn’s seminal crime thriller owes a lot to the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.

The emasculation of Clint Eastwood in The Beguiled

By David Pountain

Don Siegel’s period thriller shows this icon of screen masculinity at his most pathetic and vulnerable.

The high-octane homoeroticism of John Woo’s Hard Boiled

By David Pountain

The director’s explosive spectacle deconstructs masculinity, sexuality and the action genre itself.

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