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.

Adrian Martin is Professor of Film Studies at Goethe University (Frankfurt), and Monash University (Melbourne). He is published internationally and has been translated into over twenty languages, with regular columns in De Filmkrant (Holland) and Caiman (Spain). He is the author of six books (Phantasms, Once Upon a Time in America, Raúl Ruiz: Magnificent Obsessions, The Mad Max Movies,Last Day Every Day, What is Modern Cinema?) And is Co-Editor of the on-line film journals LOLA (www.lolajournal.com) and Screening the Past, as well as the books Movie Mutations andRaúl Ruiz: Images of Passage. His forthcoming book (Palgrave, late 2014) is Mise en scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art./////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////////////
Cristina Álvarez López:

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