Obliged to leave the film before completion when the production ran drastically over schedule, Australian master of cinematography Christopher Doyle shares his credit on In the Mood for Love with Pin Bing Lee and Pung Leung Kwan, both of whom were drafted in to finish what turned out to be a 15-month-long shoot.
While the film bears traces of all three, the aesthetic is rooted in Doyle’s unmistakable style, marked by his use of deeply saturated colour and fluid, intimate camerawork. Their sixth film together, Doyle and Wong Kar-Wai’s shared instinctive, improvisational approach to material, however prolonged, boasts unsurpassable results.
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Christopher Doyle, Pin Bing Lee & Pung Leung Kwan
Showing as part of Eye to Eye – Visionary Partnerships in Cinematography and Direction (July 2nd – 30th).