FQ columnist Amelie Hastie revisits the life and work of André Bazin and asks: “What does it mean to have faith in the movies?” She concludes that Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin (Nie Yinniang, 2015) has led her to think about such acts of faith in both her own response and the other responses that the film has evoked. Although The Assassin is a film that has bewildered its audiences—whether her students, or her friends, or a range of critics on the page and online—while watching the film, she found a renewed sense of faith in its images, and in the act of watching carefully.
The Vulnerable Spectator: Watching Carefully: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and His Audience
Amelie Hastie has recently contributed essays on teaching film and television to Cine-Files and Flow. The author of two books on women and film history, Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection and Film History and The Bigamist, she is now completing a volume on the 1970s television series Columbo (forthcoming from Duke University Press). She is Professor and current Chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College.
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Amelie Hastie; The Vulnerable Spectator: Watching Carefully: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and His Audience. Film Quarterly 1 March 2016; 69 (3): 72–78. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.3.72
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