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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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Love in the World

Love in the World

(p.123) Love in the World
Love in Motion

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This chapter presents different depictions of love from filmmakers of different traditions. The two greatest filmmakers of love are Josef von Sternberg and Eric Rohmer, the latter of whom analyses the amorous ego as a psychological and social fact that can be observed from the outside. Michelangelo Antonioni's films exhibit ambivalence between sympathy and critical distance. At the center of Maurice Pialat's films is always a series of complex interactions and relationships that release composed feelings of aggression and tenderness in the characters involved in these relationships. The cinema of Wong Kar-Wai seeks to include society, sex, emotion, historical conditions, and personal character traits within the phenomenon of love. Examples of films that depict love negatively against the background of social obstacles include Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, Pablo Trapero's El Buonarense, and Paolo Sorrentino's Le Consequenze dell'amore.

Keywords:   Eric Rohmer, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maurice Pialat, Wong Kar-Wai, Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation, Pablo Trapero, El Buonarense, Paolo Sorrentino, Josef von Sternberg

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