CCU44 – A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
Mark and Aaron are joined by Scott Nye to hash out the intricate themes, history, and nuance of Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. Given the length and depth of the film, we explored it in detail, distilling the cultural and societal clashes that took place in a pivotal period of Chinese and Taiwanese history. We also compare it to what is considered Yang’s other masterpiece, Yi Yi, and we touch on the New Taiwanese Cinema movement.
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Episode Links & Notes
Special Guest: Scott Nye from CriterionCast and Battleship Pretension. You can follow him on Twitter.
0:00 – Hello and Welcome Scott
2:25 – Scott’s Criterion Connection
5:10 – Film School in a Cast
8:00 – A Brighter Summer Day
25:00 – Spoiler Warning
1:14:45 – Ratings. No spoilers.
- Facebook Photo Album
- David Bordwell – A Brighter Summer Day: Yang and His Gangs
- Aaron West on Yi Yi
- YesAsia Taiwan New Cinema box
- Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
- Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Next time on the podcast: In a Lonely Place, Bogie Films
Posted on July 16, 2016, in Criterions, Film, Podcast. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Crucial, informative commentary on a stunning work of art. Kudos to Mark, Aaron and Scott. Great job!
Very solid discussion for a landmark film. I did not realize Scott has not been on. He always provides valuable insight anytime I hear him.
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