From the comical opening sequence of Edward Yang’s newly restored 1991 masterwork, A Brighter Summer Day, set in 1960s Taipei: two boys, including the main character S’ir, spy from the scaffolding of a low rent film studio adjacent to their school and catch a glimpse of an actress changing before one of them drops a book, attracting the angry attention of the director below. A humorous instance of adolescent innocence, this scene also anticipates a theme of the protagonist’s understanding, and interaction with, reality.
Published 6 Apr 2016
Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami heads to Tokyo for this multi-faceted jewel.
The writer/director of Take Shelter and Midnight Special offers his take on an essential filmmaking skill.