The Department of Film and Media is delighted to present three of Edward Yang’s rarely screened major works, in celebration of the publication of John Anderson’s new book Edward Yang (2005, University of Illinois Press), the first in English to explore the cinema of the leading filmmaker. Edward Yang assesses the considerable and original accomplishments of the writer-director, whose work, according to the author, combines the humanity of Jean Renoir, the heroic gestures of Werner Herzog, and the modernist sensibility and droll humor of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Offering a close reading of Yang’s feature films and a populist approach to his work, Edward Yang is a long-overdue assessment of a major artist. The film descriptions below are drawn from the book, slightly reworked by John Anderson, who signs copies of Edward Yang at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, in the Titus 1 lobby before introducing Yi Yi (A One and a Two…) (2000).
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film and Media.