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The Work of Director Michel Gondry (2003)

A look at the work of director Michel Gondry, through his music videos, short films, and commercials.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (segment "Deadweight" and "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Herself (numerous segments)
The Chemical Brothers ...
Themselves (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Tom Rowlands ...
Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The Chemical Brothers)
Ed Simons ...
Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The Chemical Brothers)
Miho Hatori ...
Herself (segments "Sugar Water" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as Cibo Matto)
Yuka Honda ...
Herself (segments "Sugar Water" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as Cibo Matto)
Themselves (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Himself (segments "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground" - "The Hardest Button to Button" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The White Stripes)
Herself (segments "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground" - "The Hardest Button to Button" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The White Stripes)
Sylvain Arnoux ...
Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Karen Baird ...
Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Heidi Bivens ...
Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Étienne Charry ...
Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")


A look at the work of director Michel Gondry, through his music videos, short films, and commercials.

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23 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Режиссер Мишель Гондри в работе  »

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Did You Know?


The White Stripes famous "Fell In Love With A Girl" lego video took over two months to complete. Every shot was done by hand, and changing a single block required much of the "sets" to be rebuilt. See more »


Features I've Been Twelve Forever (2004) See more »


Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Written by Jack White
Performed by Jack Black with The White Stripes
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25 March 2005 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Part of the DVD series "The Work of Director ________", a trio of DVDs featuring the work of three groundbreaking video and short film directors, "The Work of Michel Gondry" is an extensive filmography of the director's work prior to his acclaimed feature film debut "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". It was interesting to see these pieces after having seen that film because it is so clear that his innovative and (usually) whimsical vision were present long before that film was released.

Essentially "discovered" by musician Bjork and tapped to do the video for her film "Human Behaviour", Gondry went on to do several videos for her as well as for The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters & The Rolling Stones, among others. All of the videos feature enormous amounts of color, are usually laden with fantasy elements (there are a lot of themes that involve time-shifting) and most either are ironic or dryly humorous. The total effect is completely intoxicating. I have always found Bjork's videos to be wonderful and unusual, but all of the videos in fair succession of one another are a heady experience. The amount of work that went into The White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" video, which features the band as Legos, with every shot done manually is mind-boggling. Even Kylie Minogue's "Come into my World" (I personally find her insipid at best) was extremely enjoyable because the video, essentially a mobius strip where Minogue is walking around a city block, was so sublime.

The collection also features some commercial work and short films that Gondry has produced during his professional career including a beautifully shot black and white film called "The Letter". Having now seen all three of the collections released by the Directors Label series (including Spike Jonze and Chris Cunningham) Gondry's work is the perfect addition to the series because he brings an element of bright imagination, and while all three directors are creative, his work is laced with a fancifulness that works as a thin patina, under which obvious intelligence lies. I considered "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to be the best film released in 2004, and Gondry's video work is a strong support for his talent and vision. I highly recommend it. 8/10 --Shelly

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