What I should have written about Hero

Well, pretty close, anyway. After an extended hiatus, the much-loved CultureSpace is back with some terrific musings on music and movies. Here’s his thoughtful, slightly contrary meditation on Zhang Yimou’s Hero. He tosses aside the rhetoric about the movie’s “balletic” overtones, which most other writers (myself included) latched on to, in favor of a critique more concerned with the movie’s musicality and richness of tone. I’m not sure I’d dismiss the comparisons to dance altogether, and later this week I’ll probably post my dashed-off comments on the movie and on its companion piece, House of Flying Daggers. Until then, here’s something brilliant to read.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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