A Mere Formality

Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a great, but somewhat underappreciated Taiwanese auteur, known for his long takes and slow pacing. In this video-essay, Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López explore his unique style as seen in a scene from the 1995-film Good Men, Good Women. Mirroring the tempo and attention to detail in Good Men, Good Women, this video-essay tries to capture the very essence of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s aesthetic.

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  • Screenplay: Adrian Martin & Cristina Álvarez López.
  • Production and editing: Adrian Martin & Cristina Álvarez López.

Excerpts from: Good Men, Good Women (1995) © Hou, Fox Lorber.

Cristina Álvarez López is a film critic and teacher at the EQZE Film School (Spain). She was co-founder of the Spanish online film journal Transit: Cine y otros desvíos, and has written for Sight and Sound, MUBI Notebook, Shangri-la, LOLA, Screening the Past, and Screen Education, and in books on Chantal Akerman, Bong Joon-ho, Philippe Garrel and Paul Schrader.

Adrian Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University (Australia) and a teacher at the EQZE Film School (Spain). He is the author of ten books, most recently Filmmakers Thinking (EQZE, 2022) and Mysteries of Cinema (2018/2020). His website, containing 3,000 reviews and articles, is at: www.filmcritic.com.au.

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