2046 is a sequel to In the Mood for Love, on which I posted previously. The cinematography is exquisite, affording plenty of striking screen shots, but I’ve included only two (I can put up more if anybody wants to see them). The dialogue is spoken in Cantonese, and I happened to click two images while the subtitles still appeared on the screen. Presented this way, as static shots with the words written beneath, one gets the sense of looking at still photographs with their accompanying titles. What would it be like if a film were built this way: shoot the film first, then assign dialogue to the images after the fact? It would be like returning to the silent movie era, where words are completely dependent on and secondary to images. It’s also like writing a tune and then adding the lyrics later, which I expect is the way it’s usually done. I have no idea how many contemporary movies are constructed by envisioning it visually first, in its entirely, and only afterward writing the script. Not many, I’m guessing.