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    When filmmakers talk about the movies that have directly inspired them, their insights can serve as a reminder of the sense of kinship and affinity that often exists among artists separated by time and geography. Over the last several months, we’ve invited some of our favorite contemporary directors to discuss films from the collection that have been important in shaping their own work. For the inaugural video in our new series Under the Influence, Barry Jenkins—whose sophomore feature, Moonlight, won big at last night’s Gotham Awards and just garnered best director and best supporting actress from the National Board of Review—stopped by the Criterion library to share his passion for the films of Wong Kar-wai.

    An emotionally stirring journey through the coming-of-age of a young black man in Miami, Moonlight has established Jenkins as one of the most vital storytellers on the independent film scene. His wide-ranging movie love shines through in the film’s formal precision and romantic yearning, qualities that call to mind Wong’s Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love. In the below video, Jenkins explains why these films continue to intoxicate him.

16 comments

  • By Devin Allen
    November 29, 2016
    03:50 PM

    I love this!! It's great to hear that Wong Kar-wai's films have affected Barry in such a profound way. I could see the atmospheric influence these two films had on Moonlight.
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  • By TheBenana
    November 29, 2016
    07:04 PM

    Dear god I hope Moonlight gets a release on Criterion.
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    November 29, 2016
    11:18 PM

    This is wonderful! Jenkins speaks so eloquently about his passion for film. I can't wait to see more of 'Under the Influence'.
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  • By Michael Brakemeyer
    November 30, 2016
    10:06 AM

    Wonderful piece. Thank you for posting this.
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  • By Kerry Maxwell
    November 30, 2016
    03:32 PM

    Any possibility of Chungking Express returning to Criterion? It's ridiculous there is no US version of this in print.
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  • By Peter Strauss
    November 30, 2016
    04:07 PM

    Great stuff!
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  • By HvnlyDaze
    November 30, 2016
    04:21 PM

    Great vid! *cough* Chungking Express reprint *cough*
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  • By David J. Balcer, Jr.
    December 01, 2016
    08:38 AM

    love it! Not enough Criterion Wong Kar-wai. 2046 anyone? Anyone? Hello?
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    • By Steven Low
      January 07, 2017
      01:48 AM

      YES! What can we do to get 2046?
    • By Adam-Adam
      February 28, 2017
      02:36 PM

      Yes, I love 2046 and it really deserves to have a Criterion release!
    • By MM
      February 28, 2017
      02:39 PM

      I want this and Fallen Angels sooooo much.
  • By Yingzhe
    December 01, 2016
    12:26 PM

    Please reissue Chungking Express :(
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  • By spacelessvoid
    December 02, 2016
    12:37 AM

    *coughs* Wong Kar-wai boxset *coughs*
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  • By DMJ
    December 02, 2016
    08:03 PM

    Please Criterion, please please please 2046.
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  • By Naked_Island
    December 03, 2016
    03:26 AM

    Yes, please2046.
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  • By Ryan M. Eft
    December 17, 2016
    04:24 AM

    The director of one of the year's best films talking about the director of one of my all time favorites? Nice. By the way, everyone should check out Jenkins's other film, Medicine for Melancholy. It's on Netflix.
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  • By Yizhi W.
    January 24, 2017
    12:16 PM

    i knew it when i heard Cucurrucucú Paloma during that beautiful scene where black drives to see kevin.
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  • By Darwin
    March 10, 2017
    09:35 AM

    I've just finished watching In The Mood for Love, and now having seen Moonlight about 4 times so far, the homage is quite clear. The key word is homage. The cinematic atmosphere of those two films are intertwined in a way; it's just so beautiful.
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