"Film is a variable intensity of light, an internal balance of time, a movement within a given space." - Ernie Gehr
We showed the film at Doc this summer. I sat through both shows, once from the projection booth and once from the front row. The second look offered an immense experience. When you're sitting that close, the opening sequence and the magic tricks are almost hypnotic. I can never decide with Hou, but "Millennium Mambo" may be my favorite of his films, even given "Three Times", or the pair of commissioned films "Cafe Lumiere" and "The Flight of the Red Balloon".
I'm jealous... Never saw "Millenium Mambo" on 35mm. Nor "Cafe Lumiere".I saw "Three Times" once on 35mm, its impact was so strong (it was my first Hou) I can't forget that. Even if I change my mind that it is the best, I'll never forget that first encounter with his super-human consciousness...
The only Hou films I've seen on 35mm are the ones I listed above. "Three Times" IS amazing on 35mm, though I was more greatly affected by "Millennium Mambo", "Cafe Lumiere" and "Flight of the Red Balloon". On the other hand, due to the complexity of the visual rhyming between vignettes, I still judge "Three Times" his richest work. I also think "A Time for Freedom" is simply perfect in its own right.
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