Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Art Star: Michel Gondry




"Every great idea is on the verge of being stupid."
Michel Gondry





Paul Gondry and Michel Gondry (L-R):  Collaborators

MICHEL GONDRY IS A MUSICIAN, SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER WHO LIKES TO MAKE THINGS FROM SCRATCH.  










BIO
MICHEL GONDRY grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui. 


The band released 2 albums ('Chacun tout le monde' and 'Formidable') and several singles until their separation in 1992. Gondry was the drummer of the band and also directed their video clips in which it was possible to see his strange world, influenced by the 60s and by his childhood. 


One of his videos was shown on MTV and when Björk saw it, she asked him to make her first solo video for 'Human Behaviour'. The partnership is famous: Gondry directed five other Björk's videos, benefiting by the huge budgets. This led to commissions for other artists around the world, including Massive Attack. He also made a lot of commercials for Gap, Smirnoff, Air France, Nike, Coca Cola, Adidas, Polaroid and Levi - the latter making him the most highly-awarded director for a one-off commercial. IMDb mini bio by: Raphaël Jullien



He has a teenage son named Paul who is also an artist.

COMMERCIALS

Adidas





Talk Talk





MUSIC VIDEOS
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Foo Fighters













MUSIC VIDEOS
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The White Stripes












Art Star: Michel Gondry (part 2)


THE FILMS OF MICHEL GONDRY

Hollywood became interested in Gondry's success and he directed his first feature movie Human Nature (2001), adapting a Charlie Kaufman's scenario, which was shown in the 2001 Cannes Festival. Although it wasn't a big success, this film allowed him to direct Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), for which he again collaborated with Charlie Kaufman. The movie became a popular independent film and he and his co-writers won an Oscar for it.  IMDb Mini Bio By: Raphaël Jullien


FEATURE FILMS
Human Nature (2001)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Science of Sleep (2006)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
The Green Hornet (2011)
The We and the I (2012)
Mood Indigo (2013)



Human Nature 
2001

A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.













Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
2004
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.















The Science of Sleep 
2006
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.





One-Second Time Travel


If You Rescue Me 
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Be Kind Rewind 
2008


Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.


Rush Hour 2 Clip


Lunch Interview (Be Kind Rewind) at the Sundance Film Festival











The Green Hornet 
2011
Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.








 







The We and the I 
2012
A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school.






















Mood Indigo 
2013

A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.











 



























SHORT FILMS
L'expedition fatale (1986)
Jazzmosphère (1987)
My Brother's 24th Birthday (1988)
Ossamuch! – Kishu & Co. (2004)

Tokyo! (2008):


Haircut Mouse (2013):







DOCUMENTARIES
Vingt p'tites tours (1989)
I've Been Twelve Forever (2003)
The Work of Director Michel Gondry (2003)
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013):