...Superb... This is no coterie text for cineasts or crabbed work for academics. Instead, it's eminently clearheaded and lucid, covering all his films in detail, but also containing a perceptive and even profound overview of the inner nature of Lee's achievement.
The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of the Screenby Whitney Crothers Dilley
Born in Taiwan, Ang Lee is one of cinema's most versatile and daring directors. His ability to cut across cultural, national and sexual boundaries has given him recognition in all corners of the world, the ability to work with complete artistic freedom whether inside or outside of Hollywood, and an Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain (2005). In this volume, the first full-length study of Lee's work, Whitney Crothers Dilley analyses all of his career to date - including studies of films concerning culture clashes and globalisation (Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994), period drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), martial arts (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), blockbusters (Hulk, 2003) and gay romance (Brokeback Mountain) - unravelling favoured themes such as father/son relationships and the modern family. Using suggestive readings of gender and identity, this timely new study uncovers the enormous appeal of this acclaimed contemporary director.
About the Author:
Whitney Crothers Dilley is Associate Professor of English at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan
Dilley not only provides an in-depth overview of Ang Lee's contribution to film, but also gives crucial contextualization for East-West film studies and theoretical approaches, as well as providing careful study of significant themes in Lee's personal life which molded him as a film director. This is an enormous amount of territory to cover. Dilley does it well with scholarly rigor in a tone of exploration and wonder.
The Cinema of Ang Lee is the most comprehensive study of Ang Lee and all the films directed by him to date. It tells the extraordinary story of a Taiwan-born Chinese director within the global contexts of diaspora, transnationalism, Chinese-language cinema, American cinema, and world cinema. The book is full of interesting details, and is written in a lucid, accessible style that will be appreciated by readers and moviegoers interested in this director.
Writing about film is no easy task and writing about great film even harder. Ang Lee's films include not only three Academy Award winners, The Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but also less familiar masterpieces like Lust|Caution, Ride with the Devil, The Ice Storm, and Eat Drink Man Woman. Whitney Dilley's study of Ang Lee's art is written with remarkable clarity, insight, and compassion. It is a model of fine film literature.
Recommended. All readers.
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An excellent and incisive overview of the career of one of contemporary cinema's most fascinating and acclaimed figures. As passionate as it is erudite, this is a welcome volume for both film students and those with an interest in the director's work.
The first major study of a director who deserves much more attention... Essential reading for any scholar of either contemporary Chinese or American film.
Meet the Author
Whitney Crothers Dilley is professor in the Department of English with a dual appointment in the Graduate School of Gender Studies at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan. She is also editor, with Peng-hsiang Chen, of Feminism/Femininity in Chinese Literature.
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