The Power of Seeing and Being Seen: Feeling Shame in In the Mood for Love and The Grandmaster

Abstract

This paper is about how the spectator can feel the emotion of shame through the lens of seeing and being seen during a film-watching experience. It will use the phenomenological approach as the fundamental method to find out how the films use different techniques to elicit, depict, and convey the emotion of shame. In addition, the way in which the spectator can feel the emotion of shame through the film-viewing experience will be under discussion. By studying two films produced by Wong Kar-wai—In the Mood for Love and The Grandmaster, this paper will pay attention on exploring how the cinematic languages build up a strong sense of seeing and being seen, and further, create the emotion of shame from it. In this paper, cinematic styles, including slow motion, close-up, and lighting, will be comprehensively analyzed in terms of how they can bring about a tactile and sensuous film-going experience. Following that, how the spectator is able to capture the emotion of shame from the skin to the viscera will be under discussion. The paper endeavors to look for evidence that the spectator can feel the emotion of shame through the lens of seeing and being seen during a film-going experience.



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Yanjun HE, BNU-HKBU United International College, China

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Conference: EuroMedia2022
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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