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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)
"Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky" (original title)

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A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

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A Bit of a Jumble
17 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Because of Gondry's accent, and at times because of Chomsky's age, the discussion is a bit difficult to understand, and you have to focus. Interestingly, there is a communication breakdown between Gondry and Chomsky, as well, because of translation and pronunciation issues.

The film is part biographical, part about language acquisition. There is no discussion of politics, which is probably good, because it makes this a much more timeless presentation.

There is mention of "irreducible complexity", which seemed odd, and then Gondry mentions astrology? He seems to be a bit out of his league at times. At least he was able to get Chomsky to talk about his wife Carol, which has been a sensitive topic.


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