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Out of TimeDesire in Atemporal Cinema$
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Todd McGowan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669950

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669950.001.0001

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Timeless in Space

Timeless in Space

Placing Eternity in 2046

(p.157) Chapter 6 Timeless in Space
Out of Time

Todd McGowan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how Wong KarWai’s 2046 (2004) envisioned the concept of eternity in relation to time, and more importantly to space. In the film 2046, eternity ceases to exist in relation to time but begins to exist with space. This film projects the concept of eternity as something that is accessible and can be actually experienced. However, throughout the film, the accessibility of eternity poses various implications to the lead role, Chow Mo-wan. One of the implications is the lack of desirability the experience of eternity has for Chow. For instance in the film, Chow became frustrated with eternity knowing that the secret of the “Other,” which he believes will bring the ultimate satisfaction, is non-existent. The recurrence of Chow’s failure to find that secret is how the drive works in this film. The film aims to affect the spectators’ relation with Sigmund Freud’s desire and drive.

Keywords:   Plato, 2046, Wong KarWai, time, space, Other, Chow Mo-wan

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