The Films of Ang Lee
F 2017


Ang Lee is a filmmaker like no other. His roots are Chinese/Taiwanese, his  cinematic  training and citizenship are American, but since his debut in 1992 he has create  a cosmopolitan body of work  that defies easy categorization.  He has given us coming of age stories set in Taiwan, tender yet penetrating dissections of American life, a adaptation  of a Jane Austin novel, a  searing drama of the Chinese civil war,  and an animated film about a cartoon superhero----as well as the record breaking  Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon  and Brokeback Mountain.  He is fascinated with the technological frontiers of movie making, but what engages audiences are the human emotions in his stories..  We will look at a dozen films, available on Netflix. We will try to understand Ang Lee's unique range  and look for the underlying themes that animate his films and make him global.  

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After an introductory session we will consider the following films (in chronological order).:  Pushing Hands(1992), The Wedding Banquet (1993), Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1995), Sense and Sensibility (1995),  The Ice Storm (1997), Ride With the Devil (1999),  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), The Hulk (2002), Brokeback Mountain(2005), Lust/Caution (2007), Taking  Woodstock (2008) Life of Pi (2013), Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk (2016)


Whitney Crothers Dilley, The Cinema of Ang Lee: the Other Side of the Screen. London , Wallflower Press 2007

Robert Alp, Adm Barkman, James McRae ,  THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANG LEE(Kentucky University Press 2013)