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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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An interview with Chomsky like no other
13 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As is usual, this new interview with Noam Chomsky brings out his analysis of current and recent goings-on in the world, focusing on how U.S. might and knowledge has been misused to advance U.S. interests, not always successfully. You'll either agree or disagree, but his extensive reading and his bent for radical inquiry produce some striking eye-openers.

The interview also covers Chomsky's views on linguistics and evolutionary biology in terms that will make sense to most lay people.

But what's really new in this particular film is that we learn from Chomsky about his upbringing, his family, and his life since the death of his wife in 2008. Coming from the horse's mouth, this is quite an important addition to our understanding of a remarkable life.

Accompanying the interview are lighthearted stick-figure cartoons illustrating the points at hand. Probably the filmmaker's idea was, laudably enough, to move away from the talking heads format, but the result is pretty goofy and distracting. The interviewer's thick French accent makes his questions hard to follow, but the DVD comes with English subtitles. Plus, over the course of the interview your ears may get habituated enough to the Frenchman's distortions to make out what he's trying to say.

It's a warm, incisive, broad-ranging interview, with lots of new material for even the most dedicated Chomsky devotee.


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