An unjust world is one where a child is forced to rebel against the institutions meant to offer them guidance. It's a literal social maze, no matter how far he strays from home the sense of enclosure remains suffocating.
A film that is evidently very aware that theatre by nature cannot be filmed, because theatre is only theatre on the condition that an audience is present in the same space. When theatre is filmed it ceases to be theatre, but in aiming to be theatre it also fails to be cinematic. So to convey nature of the Chinese theatre it's absolutely vital we are shown the audience as well. The cinematic apparatus makes clear the interdependent relationship between performer and viewer, that the performance only holds weight on the condition that the observer shares the space. Very conscious filmmaking on Tourneur's part.
THIS MOVIE IS SO FUCKING DELIGHTFUL, JESUS CHRIST.
It's like a big ball of hope, humor and warmth without any over-sentimentality or cheesiness. It has an overwhelming sense of optimism but never becomes dishonest, an incredible achievement in my book. From start to finish it repeatedly makes me laugh and enjoy myself. When it's over I want to watch it again. I need more thoughtful films like this in my life.
And we're back.
There is forever a bizarre magic to the Twilight films. Something about a woman as conservative as Stephanie Meyer using softcore erotica to seduce teenagers into adopting the tradwife American dream. It's all a very "have your cake and eat it too" affair; Bella can be seduced by a vampire who has killed and is a hundred years her senior but still maintain her virginity until marriage. Edward watches her sleep but never out of a sense…