- Spring in a Small Town - Fei Mu (1948)
11 months ago
Devoted to the discussion of film expression
“I have no courage to die. He seems to have no courage to live.”
“I don’t know whether it’s better if you leave me or I leave you.”
Zhichen: “If I asked you to run away with me, would you still say ‘whatever you like’?” (Z+)
Yuwen: “Do you really mean that?” ( Y+)
Zhichen: [silence] (Z-)
“My heart is yours, but I feel sorry for Liyan”. (Y+)
. . .
“What are we going to do?” (Y+)
“I have my own conflicts. I don’t know if I want to go away with you anyway.”
"Pikoo is a very complex film. It is a poetic statement which cannot be reduced to concrete terms. One statement the film tries to make is that, if a woman is to be unfaithful, if she is to have an extramarital affair, she can't afford to have soft emotions towards her children, or, in this case, her son. The two just don't go together. You have to be ruthless. Maybe she's not ruthless to that extent. She's being very Bengali. A European in the same circumstances would not behave in the same way."
"when a woman was done with a man she was done with him utterly."