Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?(An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky)
Michel Gondry, the critically praised filmmaker behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Mood Indigo, reconstructs a filmed conversation between himself and philosopher Noam Chomsky through hand-drawn animation.
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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
Ouch. Sore brain. What else would you expect from this challenging and visually over-stimulating meeting of two of our most distinguished thinkers? In animating his conversation with Noam Chomsky, film-maker Michel Gondry finds unexpected parallels between academia and art, his nutty illustrations helping to make sense of Chomsky’s views on life, linguistics and everything in between. Given the concentration required to keep up with his often paradoxical ideas, and Gondry’s kaleidoscopic visuals, it’s no wonder this is mind-blowing. So much so I had to periodically look away from the screen.
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Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?
BY MaiaMcnz lister
Noam Chomsky is indeed one of the (if not the most) incredible thinkers of our time. It's worth watching this film twice - let it wash over you and see what sticks. I don't think you can or should try to watch the film and expect to understand it in a conventional manner.
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Gondry’s hand-drawn doodles transform what is basically a heavy,... More intellectual interview into a dazzling display of subjective thoughts. This is cinema as self-indulgence, and that’s the point. Gondry is keen to point out that any filmed conversation is edited, and subjective. Hence the doodles – there lest we forget this is Gondry’s recollection of a chat about religion, childhood memory, linguistics and life.
As Chomsky says: “Learning comes from asking.” Whether you learn from Gondry’s film will depends on where you draw the line between “playful” and “pretentious”, “art” and “annoying,” “Chomsky” and “Gondry”.Hide