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From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.

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  • Actors: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry
  • Directors: Michel Gondry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IA1VPL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Matchin on July 29, 2014
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Any work that engages substantially with the ideas of Noam Chomsky is well worth anyone's time. Michel Gondry does a good job of allowing Chomsky to express these ideas, while simultaneously providing the viewer with some entertaining and impressive images.

For those interested in Chomsky's scientific perspectives, this is a good introduction. In particular, covered are the ideas of generative grammar, inadequacy of a referential theory of semantics (meaning), and psychological nativism, ideas for which Chomsky has achieved renown.

For those interested in understanding more about the person, this movie provides revealing insight into his personal life, character, and what is important to him.
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By Middle East History Buff on January 13, 2015
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Simple wonderful. Everyone should see this.
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By Hilmi A. on July 6, 2014
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The concepts are amazing and I love the way you float through major ideas- the accent is a bit difficult to get accustomed to but a few watching won't hurt:)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on December 17, 2014
This titke of the film may sound like a joke but the film is very serious because of the stakes it brings up.

The first one is Gondry’s idea expressed from the very start that film and video are manipulative.

“Film and video are both, by their nature, manipulative. The editor or director proposes an assembly of carefully selected segments that he/she has in mind. In other words, the context becomes more important than the content, and, as a result, the voice that appears to come from the subject is actually coming from the filmmaker. That is why I find the process manipulative. The human brain forgets the cuts -- a faculty specifically human that, I will learn, Noam calls "psychic continuity." The brain absorbs a constructed continuity as a reality and, consequently, gets convinced to witness a fair representation of the subject. On the other hand, animation that I decided to use for this film is clearly the interpretation of its author. If messages, or even propaganda, can be delivered, the audience is constantly reminded that they are not watching reality, so it's up to them to decide if they are convinced or not.”

The animation is absolutely mesmerizing, which is a compliment, hypnotizing, and you just don’t hear what is being said at all. At the same time if you are concentrating on what is being said, which is always difficult because man is a visual dominant being, you do not see the animation any more. Film or video – and I believe the two are not the same at all (I can absolutely overlook subtitles on a video screen whereas it is practically impossible for me to do the same on a cinema screen) at least if I follow Marshall McLuhan – are by definition visual first and thus by definition manipulative.
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