Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

Watch: 30-Minute Conversation Between Michel Gondry & Linguist/Philosopher Noam Chomsky

  • By Ken Guidry
  • |
  • December 5, 2013 12:11 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Michel Gondry’s latest film, the Noam Chomsky documentary “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy," made its theatrical premiere just over two weeks ago. The movie combines Gondry’s unique, whimsical style of animation with a series of conversations the director had with Chomsky. One of our own writers was quite smitten with the film, describing it as “a reverse 'Drunk History'—surreal, humorous visualizations of sober ideas with their own internal logic.” Thankfully, the film’s release allowed for the chance to see Michael Gondry and Noam Chomsky together once again in a 30-minute chat during last month’s NYC DOC Festival.

Review: Michel Gondry’s Noam Chomsky Documentary ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
  • |
  • November 20, 2013 5:16 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Twice in 2010, director Michel Gondry met with Noam Chomsky for a series of conversations about the philosopher, linguist, and author’s childhood in Philadelphia and his theory of generative grammar. The film that resulted, “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” gives no reason beyond curiosity for this collaboration, but it is all we need — how else should any worthy project be assembled? “If you’re willing to be puzzled, you’re able to learn,” Chomsky says at one point. To his credit (and without affectation), Gondry doesn’t cloak the fact that he is often perplexed by his subject. Because of his confusion though, we are able to learn quite a lot.

Michel Gondry Talks Making Sense Of Noam Chomsky In New Animated Doc, Cutting ‘Mood Indigo’ & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
  • |
  • November 20, 2013 10:28 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Michel Gondry
The prospect of holding ones weight conversationally with one of the world's most prominent thinkers is daunting enough, but in sitting down with cognitive scientist and activist Noam Chomsky for the animated documentary “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” director Michel Gondry chooses a personal path through the intellectual distance. Illustrating Chomsky’s ideas on linguistics and his childhood memories via Gondry’s hand-drawn 16mm animation, the film is at once dense and incredibly playful, packed with the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director’s trademark visuals and Chomsky’s logical clarity whether explaining the emergence of language or simply what makes him happy. We sat down recently with Gondry to discuss the film, his decision to cut down his latest effort “Mood Indigo,” and why Roman Polanski shoots Paris better than any French director—but first Gondry described how his path crossed that of Chomsky in the first place.

Watch: New Trailer For Michel Gondry's Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • October 28, 2013 3:23 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
So what happens when you pair fantastical director Michel Gondry with noted linguist Noam Chomsky? Well, it's pretty much as you might expect; a hybrid of their personalities on film, with the filmmaker's whimsy paired with Chomsky's musings in a movie that could only be called, "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?"

Michel Gondry Says He Had Little Artistic Freedom On 'The Green Hornet,' Provides Update On 'Ubik'

  • By Ben Brock
  • |
  • July 16, 2013 9:44 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
The Green Hornet Michel Gondry Seth Rogen Jay Chou
One of cinema's premiere dreamers, Michel Gondry is also a fascinating conversationalist, and at the recent Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (which screened his latest "Mood Indigo"), he participated in a master class, exposing the labyrinthine twists of his brain to a receptive audience. And over the course of the next 50 minutes, he talked about almost every subject under the sun, including the already much discussed troubled production on "The Green Hornet" (an experience star Seth Rogen recently called "a fucking nightmare").

Watch: Trailer For Michel Gondry's Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • February 8, 2013 7:52 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Michel Gondry is just full of surprises in 2013. He kicked off the New Year with a short film, dropped a fairly gorgeous trailer for his upcoming "Mood Indigo" and one project he told us way back in 2011 would be finished "within two years. Maximum." has been completed. We have to admit, we kind forgot he was working on a doucmentary about famed linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky, but the movie is now complete. Titled "Is The Tall Man Happy?" it's something Gondry has been quietly plugging away on for the last few years, and it was a very involved process.

Email Updates

Recent Comments