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

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$31,800 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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$132,409 (USA) (3 January 2014)
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Immensely refreshing 'little' film about a 'great' thinker
25 November 2015 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Even when they are full of ideas, some filmmakers can be sometimes a bit 'stingy' when they try to film great thinkers. What happens when an image inventor confronts a creator of concepts? There can be many misunderstandings (maybe due to the language barrier?) and theaters can remain painfully empty. Not long ago, in 'Film Socialism', Jean-Luc Godard filmed Alain Badiou talking in front of an empty theater.

It seems that Michel Gondry accepts with great pleasure the emptiness that can sometimes separate images and philosophy on the screen. His film plays with the principle of 'illustration': this funny documentary is made of (often) naive drawings, coming from the discussion between the two men.

The viewer will not leave the theater with a manual on 'generative grammar' of the American linguist, MIT star. Instead he will be struck, blown away by the creative explosion of a free filmmaker, an inventor renewing at a rate of a thousand digressions and associations of ideas, with its memorial vein and dream, like in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep (his most romantic period). No wonder that the film is secretly haunted by Chomsky's absolute love for his late wife, Carol. Nonetheless, I found this 'little film' immensely refreshing.


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