Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Little Bit of Michel Gondry

Tom and I chose Be Kind, Rewind for the monthly movie night that we share with another couple. This prompted Rose to begin talking about the many excellences of director Michel Gondry. (The first of these is that every film student loves him ... and that is a feat in itself.)

All it took was for me to hear that he prefers to work "in camera" (shunning CGI whenever possible) and I became much more interested in his work (and approving ... yes, I have a prejudice that way).

Although admittedly erratic in movie excellence, I never realized that he began as a music video director.

And in watching samples on YouTube, I fell in love with this one. Keep in mind it was done all as stop motion, requiring a tremendous effort on everyone's part, not to mention many, many drum sets.


  1. Tante Léonie5/24/11, 2:51 PM

    Great video, great band. The song has one of my favorite lyrics: "I had opinions/That didn't matter."

    Thanks, Julie!

  2. "The first of these is that every film student loves him ... and that is a feat in itself."

    That isn't much of a feat. Most film students loves what they're told to love.

    Regarding the video - just because its complex doesn't mean its anything but a mere curiosity.

  3. Lots of directors started out as music video directors. Spike Jonze, David Fincher, Michael Bay. In the 80's and 90's it's what the horror film was to starting directors in the 70's.

  4. Thanks for sharing this Julie! I loved it. It made me smile after a very long and stressful day.

    Tom from LZ

  5. I love the White Stripes *and* Michel Gondry so watching this video was a great start to my day. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Rose the Film Student5/25/11, 2:39 PM

    Well, well, Mr. Nehring. It seems we are at an impasse...

  7. One of my favorite bands, songs, and videos! If only it were sweeded...