Authority, Authenticity, and Authorship in In the Heat of the Sun and Suzhou River
“True Lies” focuses on the truth claims inherent in the act of narrating a story. Through linked close readings of Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun (1994) and Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (2000), we see that the authority of the mostly unseen narrators for each of these films is in no way diminished by their free admissions of making it all up. Instead, it is the affective response elicited by these stories that is their central concern. Moreover, both films dramatize the metacinema of consumption, and thus, mark the affective power of film to move audiences to take up new ways of being in the world.
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