Gondry in response fired the team and had the production team, including the actors and producers, place the set in the water. Another script component that did not make it into the final film was the appearance of Naomi, Joel's girlfriend, played by. We wind up witnessing the birth and death of their romance at the same time through a stunning and artistic interpretation of the delicate and complicated fabric of memory. During writing, the pitch's ownership changed several times thus Kaufman did not have to deal with the studios until the end of the scriptwriting process. No matter how many times they wander in the footsteps of their lost memories they can never recapture them.
Would a life of nothing but happy memories really make for a better existence, and would we be the same? Archived from on July 6, 2018. After another actor won an , the studio attempted to make Gondry use her instead of Winslet for the role of Clementine, but Gondry threatened to walk from the project if that occurred. The two begin talking on the train ride home to New York, and over the next two nights love begins to bloom. The world forgetting, by the world forgot: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Movies often portray memories and dream states with a hyperreal vividness, made up of garish colors or stark black and white , absurdist landscapes, and, yes, sometimes even dwarves. Joel Jim Carrey is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine Kate Winslet , has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Even when special effects are called for--when a fence must evaporate or a character disappear from a fading memory--Gondry underplays them as much as possible.
As it turns out, the couple had a whole relationship prior to this one. The term suggests that great movies will remain the same — great — across eras, civilizations, cultures. They Shoot Pictures Don't They. It takes an actor of her steadiness to play someone this unhinged. The final script made the studios nervous.
When they have completely forgotten about the existence of the other, fate determined that they meet once more to experience love again. It's far easier to take someone really funny and bring them down than do the opposite. Kaufman is not involved in writing the show. But as with Kaufman's earlier scripts Human Nature, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation , things soon turn complicated. That memories are not tangible images but intangible emotions. Executing this effect was difficult as the special team hired to place the set in the water refused due to perceived dangers.
The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. In retaliation for Gondry's actions, the chief of the union reprimanded Gondry in front of the crew. You see all that manic comic energy imprisoned in this ordinary man, with the anarchism peeking out and trying to find a way to express itself. Its general contours are clear enough--Clementine always pushing and testing, Joel always retreating and nursing grievances--but its details are easily forgotten. Howard Mierzwiak Tom Wilkinson , to get the same treatment. If Borges had made movies, this is what they would have looked like.
The film also touches on the theme of regret. Bismuth originally was going to conduct an art experiment involving sending cards to people saying someone they knew had erased the card's recipient from their memory. Archived from on October 21, 2013. The score teeters on the edge of the dramatic, the comedic, the thoughtful, and the downright silly, which is a feat that Brion knows all too well how to pull off. A fundamental difference is that in the production script, with the erasure of each memory, Clementine's behavior is increasingly robotic.
To remember her, he runs the risk of forgetting himself — the song his mother hums, the playground bullies, those rainy evenings. This leads to both Joel and Clementine traveling to Montauk without understanding why they feel the need to, where they subsequently meet on the train. It was my first — and I hoped, last — romantic relationship. Bismuth never carried out his experiment idea. It asks the viewer to consider their own quieted memories, for better or for worse, and discover the role those events had in shaping who they are. There are no unexpected twists or sudden revelations about Joel and Clementine, just a wistful backward view of love's decay. Joel pleads with her, sensing their deep connection.
However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. They discuss one of the most extraordinary films of the 21st century rather ordinarily, like a couple citing the quirky wheres and the hows of their first meeting — the chandelier at the party, her hair colour — when asked about why they fell in love. The film developed a in the years after its release and has come to be regarded by many critics as one of the greatest films of the 21st century. She reacts to this information by quitting her job and mailing Lacuna's company records to its customers. From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Kaufman, who was responsible for writing the screenplay, did not begin immediately, instead opting to suspend writing while he was working on , and Human Nature. During this time, filmmaker released his film , which similarly deals with memory. He watches helplessly as, one by one, each memory is irretrievably lost--titles fade from the covers of books, passersby disappear, and then Clementine too vanishes, only to reappear in another doomed recollection, all the way back to their very first meeting, at a beach party in Montauk. The power of love and experience is what creates the individual, and the film suggests that simply having a spotless mind does not bring eternal sunshine. In the 2017 documentary , Carrey mentions a conversation with Gondry one year before shooting began for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, shortly after Carrey had a breakup with an unspecified woman. Brion is the only composer I know of who can go from the drama drenched melancholy of Magnolia, to the silly fancy of Punch-Drunk Love, and make it seem like it's no big deal. Icelandic editor the film, and she reportedly conflicted with Gondry during editing.