Years Experience: 28
The Work of Director Michel Gondry invites the lucky viewer into a wonderland of childlike imagination.
Before the Versailles-born Gondry turned his creative ingenuity to feature films (beginning with the underrated 'Human Nature' and the 2004 Jim Carrey comedy 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'), these 27 music videos and assorted "stories and things" formed a legacy of supreme cleverness, suggesting a creative lineage from the pioneering film magic of Georges Mlis to the groundbreaking experimental films of Norman McLaren. It's perfectly fitting that the accompanying 75-minute documentary is titled "I've Been 12 Forever," because Gondry (b. 1964) never lost the sense of wonder and inventiveness that children display when their minds are allowed to flourish in a creative environment.
No wonder he's best known for his dazzling collaborations with Icelandic pop star Bjrk, resulting in music videos (seven included here) that redefined the magical potential of the medium. Each, in its own way, is a masterpiece of the fantastic.
Spoken Languages: English, French