Michel Gondry

Bonjour mes petites Baguettes,

We’ve been into this film unit for nearly 2 months now and there’s one thing we still have not done….Watched a film. We’ve spent a great deal of time breaking down film, analyzing, discussing and dissecting film but we have yet to simply watch one.

This is about to change (sorta). I’d like to spend the next two classes watching the film The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry. Of all the films in the known universe, I’ve selected this one to watch for the following reasons…

Nobody is doing Michel Gondry for their presentations

Gondry has a very distinct visual style that makes for interesting analysis

He’s French (Remember how I mentioned all the early film innovators were French???)

Fast Five is not out of video yet.

Gondry has been honing his unique style for years. Here’s a brief biography:

Simply known as the director whose work makes other directors cry, Michel Gondry sets the standard in everything he does. His groundbreaking videos for artists including the White Stripes, Bjork, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, have won him every music video award available, and he is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the director of the commercial that has won the most prizes in the world, including the Grand Prix at Cannes, three silvers at D&AD and the best campaign at BTAA (Levi’s Drugstore). He has also completed three feature films, Human Nature, the Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Science of Sleep, which was premiered at the Sundance Festival in February 2006. Gondry most recently directed the box office hit The Green Hornet.

I think the best way to understand Gondry’s style is to look at some interesting examples.

Here are a couple of those music video’s and TV commercials that garnered him such acclaim.

Human Behavior – Bjork

Denial Twist – The White Stripes

Radiohead – Knives Out


Air France – La Nuage