Updated 2018-Mar-17. Created 2007-Apr-09

Michel Gondry (director, France/USA)

Screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène.
His career as a filmmaker began with creating music videos (Oui Oui, Björk, The Chemical Brothers). Gondry has also created numerous television commercials. He pioneered the “bullet time” techniques! In his movies he utilizes many of the image manipulation techniques that he had experimented with in his music videos

Favorites movies list

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
(writer Charlie Kaufman )

“Romance” film that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love in the weird Gondry/Kaufmann style!
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but then fall in love again!
It is the antithesis of the typical romantic Hollywood fare, and at the same time one of the most “romantic” film I’ve seen.

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d. -- Alexander Pope

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La science des rêves [The Science of Sleep] (2006)
A man trying to take control of his dreams because his life is slipping away. Densely packed with imagery and symbols as well as emotion and humor. Although the main character is pretty annoying it’s quite nice [but only if you’re in very ‘relaxed’/‘zen’ mood].

Human Nature (2001) see under Charlie Kaufman (writer)

Note: upcomming Gondry’s movie: Master of Space and Time: Two mad scientists discover a way to control reality ! (... Gondry announced in an interview that he is no longer set to direct the project)

Note: I hated “Be Kind Rewind” (2008) !