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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 10:28 AM
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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.

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

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 16, 2013 9:44 AM
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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").

'Dragon Tattoo' Scribe Steve Zaillian Says He's Considering Directing Remake Of Nacho Vigalondo's 'Time Crimes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 3:30 PM
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Steve Zaillian has, over the past couple of decades, become Hollywood's go-to-guy for smart, grown-up dramas. From "Awakenings" and "Schindler's List" to "Moneyball," which, with Aaron Sorkin, has a good chance of winning him his second Oscar, and the imminent "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," a credit by Zaillian generally suggests that a film won't be some pandering blockbuster fare, but a thoughtful, adult picture.

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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