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Blessed Are The Forgetful: Remembering ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ On Its 10th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Karlovy Vary Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 8:59 AM
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So if we were to CHROME CARROTS attempt to replicate the PERSPEX LIMO omnipresent inventiveness of TINY MOUSE IN A TINY HOUSE Michel Gondry’s latest film throughout the PIANO THAT MAKES COCKTAILS course of this review, it would SUNLIGHT IS STRING get pretty old, pretty damn RUBIK’S CUBE ORGANISER quick. So we’ll stop while we still have you, which is what we deeply wish Gondry had done. But in “Mood Indigo,” which opened the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last week, the French filmmaker's gonzo homemade aesthetic is off the leash entirely, and he shows no mercy in how much gimcrackery he thinks we can handle.

Michel Gondry's 'We & The I' Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 6:19 AM
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During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, "The We & The I."It's [about] kids on a bus...it's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated," he said in somewhat convolutedly. "Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

Romain Duris Joins Michel Gondry's French Language Film With Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2011 9:26 AM
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Film Is An Adaptation Of 'L'Ecume des jours'; Filming Starts In March 2012While he may not yet be known on this side of the ocean, French actor Romain Duris has been earning praise and breaking hearts in his native France. You might best know the three-time César award nominee from Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" or last year's arthouse comedy hit "Heartbreaker," but the actor is set to reteam with a very familiar face for a film that could serve as his biggest exposure to a worldwide audience yet.

Watch: Michel Gondry & Bjork To Go Outer Space For 'Crystalline' Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 9:10 AM
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While their developing 3D project has unfortunately gone the way of the dodo bird, longtime collaborators director Michel Gondry and Icelandic songbird Bjork have still found something to work on together, the video for the debut single of her forthcoming album, "Crystalline."

Michel Gondry To Direct Video For New Bjork Single 'Crystalline'; 3D Movie Project Appears Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 10:00 AM
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"Biophilia," the upcoming album by Icelandic singer Bjork, is easily her most ambitious project to date. The nature and science-based album will be fleshed out with a suite of iPad apps for each song on the album and the singer plans a two year tour around the world with a stage show that includes a number of unique instruments including a gameleste and bass playing pendulum. While with each album, Bjork has continued to push the edges of her work way out there, she retains a strong core of regular collaborators while reaching out to new folks each time around. "Biophilia" is no different and to help kick things off, she has enlisted the help of a director who has made some of the best music videos of her career.

Michel Gondry Says He'll Be Directing A French Language Film Starring Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 6:06 AM
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'The We And The I' Still On Track To Shoot This SummerWith the numbers now all counted up, Michel Gondry's first foray into tentpole studio filmmaking with "The Green Hornet" earlier this year can be called a success. The film, budgeted at $120 million pulled in over $220 million worldwide, more than half of that coming from those increasingly important foreign territories. While we imagine Sony might have wanted a bigger number for their superhero film, for a movie with Seth Rogen in the lead and a virtually unknown (at least on this side of the ocean) Jay Chou in a supporting role they have to be satisfied that the roll of the dice paid off. But the director isn't ready to return to big money filmmaking just yet and has a number of lower key projects on his plate and has just added a seemingly new one with a big actress on board.

Watch: Michel Gondry's Multi-Screen Vid For Living Sisters' & R.E.M's "Uberlin" With Aaron Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 5:27 AM
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James Franco, Albert Maysles, Lance Bangs & More Tapped To Direct Videos For R.E.M.While "The Green Hornet" was a forgettable comic book movie marred by more than a few problems, director Michel Gondry did get to sneak in some of his distinctive style from time-to-time including an ambitious split screen sequence, one of the few highlights of the film. But overall, it was a Gondry film in name only. Well, for those seeking the wickedly lo-fi creativity of the director that put him on the map, look no further than the latest video for The Living Sisters (via Wired). Helmed by Gondry, the triple split screen video is a charming tale about the birth of a baby that features earthquakes, fires, bikers and enough no-budget effects for ten videos. It's winning, warming and a reminder of how good Gondry can be.

Michel Gondry Adapting Philip K. Dick's 'Ubik'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 3:14 AM
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Heady Sci-Fi Film Being Co-Produced By Screenwriter Steve Zaillain's Film Rites CompanyAt the launch of his exhibit "The Factory Movie Lovers" at the Centre Pompidou, the usually chatty Michel Gondry dropped news of another project he appears to be working on, adding to his already busy slate.

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