Stories for August 20, 2005
Wongs films wereand still aremore art house than mainstream, and he eventually took to not only writing and directing his films but also producing them since they were seen as financially risky. In addition, Wong started to favor making films without a script. This is ironic since he began his career writing scripts for other directors. But with each successive film, Wong relied less and less on a conventional script. Thats because Wong likes to think of himself as a jazz musician, and his hip, free-flowing films like jam sessions. Wongs sessions result in films that approximate jazz improvisation in their rhythms and visual riffs. He begins each project with no more than an idea and the confidence that he can ad-lib the rest.
Because of this mentalitywhich is influenced not only by consumers but also by advertisers, politicians and religious organizationsHollywood has mostly censored itself. And while violence is often allowed to go to extremes, sex and language has been mostly toned down in mainstream fare. Sex, both as an activity and a topic for discussion, is rare in todays mainstream and even indie cinema. Just think about how many films show sex or nudity or discuss sex frankly. Closer is probably one of the few recent films to shock viewers with mere words (but The Aristocrats has taken up the baton and is doing its best to see how far it can push the envelope with its extended dirty joke).