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Wong Kar Wai: I’m not a neorealist.
Peter Brunette: No. But it’s a curious form of documentation. In other words, what you’re not interested in is a kind of surface realism, per se.
WKW: Antonioni’s great. And I learned one thing from Antonioni, he told me, sometimes the main character is not the actors and actresses, it’s the background. Like Eclipse. Eclipse is one of my favorite movies.
PB: I think it’s his best.
WKW: The last ten minutes is great. And it influenced me a lot, that ten minutes.
PB: Ah, that’s good to hear, because when I was watching your film, I was thinking of Antonioni, and I said that to somebody, and they said, “Antonioni? You must be crazy.” But it’s the formal, the idea that abstract lines, and forms, and shapes, and colors can give emotional meaning and expression as much as narrative lines, dialogue, characters. That’s what I saw. Yeah the last, what is it, seventeen minutes or something?
WKW: Yeah. It’s about the place, not about the people. It’s about the activities. It’s great, and it was a new angle to me at that time…
I dismount from my horse and I offer you wine,
And I ask you where you are going and why.
And you answer: "I am discontent
And would rest at the foot of the southern mountain.
So give me leave and ask me no questions.
White clouds pass there without end."
-Wang Wei (A.D. 701 - 761)