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“It Would Not Be Just visual, It Could Have Words and a Story”: Performance and Narrative in the Music Video Oeuvre of Michel Gondry

Daniel Klug

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Daniel Klug emphasizes how film and music video director Michel Gondry’s influential and highly acclaimed work in music video crosses boundaries even within the sub-forms of the ... More


Michel Gondry as Transcultural Auteur

Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the introduction to this volume, “Michel Gondry as Transcultural Auteur,” editors Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby present an overview of Gondry’s career as well as this volume’s approaches to ... More


The Cost of Whimsy in Mood Indigo and The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mica Hilson

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Mica Hilson’s chapter employs a new formalist framework to compare the elements of “twee” and “whimsy” in Gondry’s Mood Indigo and contemporary auteur Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). ... More


Neosurrealist Tendencies in Recent Films:Waking Life and Be Kind Rewind

John Richardson

in An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195367362
eISBN:
9780199918249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367362.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter elucidates how neosurrealist aesthetics has permeated audiovisual practices in so-called independent films. The discussion begins with a review of theories on recent cinema, included the ... More


“We Can Change the Whole Narrative”: Crafting Play and Nostalgia in Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo

Danica van de Velde

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter by Danica van de Welde focuses on a “craft aesthetic” of Gondry’s surrealist visual aesthetic. This craft aesthetic features handmade objects as a tool to construct a space of magical ... More


The Reel and Surreal of Race in America: Michel Gondry and the African–American Identity Crisis of Dave Chappelle

Monique Taylor

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter Monique Taylor analyses the concert documentary DaveChappelle’s Block Party (2005), directed by French filmmaker Michel Gondry, which depicts the organization and performances of a ... More


ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The acclaimed French auteur behind the mind-bending modern classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Michel Gondry has ... More


In Dreams and in Love There are No Impossibilities: Michel Gondry’s Cinema and the Aesthetics of the Oneiric

Bruno Surace

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter by Bruno Surace offers an overarching framework for mapping an oneiric aesthetic across Gondry’s films. This chapter begins with a consideration of Gondry’s first feature, the ... More


L’Amour fou Revisited: The Surrealist Poetics of Michel Gondry

Sian Mitchell

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Sian Mitchell’s chapter traces the legacy of Frenchpoetic realist director Jean Vigo (1905–34) in Gondry’s work. Drawing on the surrealist theories of André Breton, this chapter argues that early ... More


I Am Collecting Beautiful Objects: Michel Gondry’s Taxidermy of Emotions

Jenny Pyke

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Continuing both the examination of the materiality of objects and the employment of frameworks from contemporary art, this chapter by Jenny Pyke uses a comparison with taxidermy as an art form to ... More


Apocalypse Ever After: Lifted Veils and Transcendent Time in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Sheheryar B. Sheikh

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter Sheheryah B. Sheikh examines the narrative organization of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2014)’s love story through the lenses of apocalyptic literary theory and eschatology. ... More


On the Road to Adulthood: Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline and the French Road Movie

Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In their chapter, Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby consider cinematic lineage and influence. This chapter argues that Gondry’s most recent feature, Microbe & Gasoline, a picaresque narrative, ... More


Death and Pickles: Thinking through Gondry’s Neighborhood

Lisa DeTora

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter Lisa DeTora analyses the first season of Dave Holstein’s Showtime series, Kidding (2018–2020), for which Michel Gondry served as an executive producer and directed eight episodes. The ... More


“At This Point I Become Real”: Experimental Autobiography in Julie Doucet and Michel Gondry’s Comics/Video Hybrid My New New York Diary

Frederik Byrn Kohlert

in The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place inside Yourself

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496820570
eISBN:
9781496820617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496820570.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Julie Doucet and MichelGondry’scoll aborative comics/video hybrid My New NewYork Diary, which consists of drawings made by Doucet and a shortfilm by Gondry. After outlining the ... More


“D-I-Y” Quotation and Created Appropriation

Eleni Palis

in Classical Projections: The Practice and Politics of Film Quotation

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
April 2022
ISBN:
9780197558171
eISBN:
9780197558218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197558171.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 explores how white indie filmmaker Michel Gondry appropriates The Watermelon Woman’s oppositional aesthetics as a culturally appropriative, cross-racial ventriloquism. Like The Watermelon ... More


A Music Video Canon?

Carol Vernallis

in Unruly Media: YouTube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199766994
eISBN:
9780199369010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766994.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Music video aesthetics have seeped into other genres, and music video directors like Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze are altering the landscape of feature films. But there are no archives for music ... More


Michel Gondry

Jason Wood

in Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171977
eISBN:
9780231850698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Michel Gondry. His films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), a second collaboration with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. The film ... More


Afterword: Be Kind, Don’t Rewind

Omar Ahmed

in RoboCop

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325253
eISBN:
9781800342231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325253.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This afterword looks at Michel Gondry's homage to RoboCop in Be Kind Rewind (2008), a film that is ‘sweded’ — a term referring to popular films innovatively re-enacted using a camcorder with the most ... More


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