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Director's Series, Vol. 3 - The Work of Director Michel Gondry

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This DVD features the work of director Michel Gondry, including music videos by The White Stripes, Kylie Minogue, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Beck, Foo Fighters, Daft Punk and Cibo Matto, also Drumb and Drumber, La Lettre, Pecan Pie (starring Jim Carrey

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 Méliès 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 Björk, 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.

What's also remarkable about Gondry's work is its technical progression, from the homemade crudeness of his earliest videos for the French band Oui Oui, to the technical wizardry of Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World," in which the Australian pop star is seamlessly multiplied as she strolls around a busy Parisian intersection; like many of Gondry's videos, it's a stunning "how-did-they-do-that?" work of art, reminiscent of Zbigniew Rybcynski's prize-winning 1982 short "Tango." From the hilarious dreamworld of the Foo Fighters' most popular video "Everlong" to the painstaking pixilation of Gondry's videos for the White Stripes (one made entirely of animated Lego blocks), this DVD is packed with Gondry's tireless pursuit of perfection; he'll do whatever's necessary, no matter how simple or complex, to achieve perfect harmony between song, artist, and visual concept. All the while, he's drawing from a seemingly endless well of inspiration, as evident in the delightful 52-page booklet of stories, drawings, photos, and interviews that chronicle the eternal sunshine of a brilliant mind. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Side A, 2003-1996:
  • Videos: The Hardest Button to Button (the White Stripes), Come Into My World (Kylie Minogue), Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground (the White Stripes), Fell in Love with a Girl (the White Stripes), Star Guitar (the Chemical Brothers), Let Forever Be (the Chemical Brothers), Joga (Bjork), Deadweight (Bjork), Bachelorette (Bjork), Everlong (Foo Fighters), Around the World (Daft Punk), Sugar Water (Cibo Matto), Hyperballad (Bjork)
  • I've Been 12 Forever (Part 2 age 12-12): a 75-minute film including interviews with Michel and the artists and collaborators
  • Stories and Things: La Lettre, One Day, Lacuna Inc, Drugstore (Levi's commercial), Smarienberg (Schmirnoff commercial), Resignation (Polaroid commercial)
  • Side B, 1995-1987:
  • Videos: Like a Rolling Stone (the Rolling Stones), Army of Me (Bjork), Isobel (Bjork), Protection (Massive Attack), Lucas with the Lid Off (Lucas), Human Behavior (Bjork), Le Me (I Am), La Tour de Pise (Jean Francois Coen), Ma Maison (Oui Oui), Bolide (Oui Oui), Junior et Sa Voix d'Or (Oui Oui), Les Cailloux (Oui Oui), Un Joyeux Noel (Oui Oui), La Ville (Oui Oui)
  • I've Been 12 Forever (Part 1 age 12-12)
  • Stories and Things: Drumb and Drumber, Pecan Pie (a short film starring Jim Carrey), Three Dead People, My Brother's 24th Birthday, Tiny, Spin Art, Oui Oui live concert footage, and more
  • 52-page book of Michel's stories, drawings, photographs, and interviews

Product Details

  • Actors: Akhenaton, Patricia Arquette, Thomas Bangalter, Jean-Michel Bernard, Björk
  • Directors: Lance Bangs, Olivier Gondry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DBJ9J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Director's Series, Vol. 3 - The Work of Director Michel Gondry" on IMDb

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I had very little to do with the planning and completion of this DVD so I believe I can give it a review. However I don't think I can give it one without bias so everyone can take the my five stars with a pinch of salt. I can say that I do love the DVD very much. I feel very happy that it has been recieved so well and feel that it does offer a comprehensive view into my work. If there were more stars to give I would.
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This DVD includes a 2 sided disc,
the A SIDE:
The Hardest Button to Button ~ The White Stripes
Come Into My World ~ Kylie Minogue
Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground ~ The White Stripes
Fell In Love with a Girl ~ The White Stripes
Let Forever Be ~ The Chemical Brothers
Star Guitar ~ The Chemical Brothers
Joga ~ Bjork
Deadweight ~ Beck
Bachelorette ~Bjork
Everlong ~ Foo Fighters
Around the World ~ Daft Punk
Sugar Water ~ Cibo Matto
HyperBallad ~ Bjork
the B-Side:
Like a Rolling Stone ~ The ROlling Stones
Army of Me ~ Bjork
Isobel ~ Bjork
Protection ~ Massive Attack
Lucas with the Lid Off ~ Lucas
Human Behaviour ~ Bjork
Le Mia ~ I Am
La tour De Pise ~ Jean Francois Coen
Ma Maison ~ Oui Oui
BOlide ~ Oui Oui
Junor Et Sa Voix D'or OUi Oui
Les Cailloux OUI OUI
This a great DVD with extra bonus stuff besides the videos and a great price. These videos to me are almost like art. They are creative, imaginative, and at the same time whimsical. Plus visually there is so much to absorb that viewing it once is not enough. And sometimes you just have to ask yourself "how'd he do that"?
The dvd also includes a 52 page book with drawings photographs and interviews.
This would be great for fans of any of these groups who don't have their videos on DVD.
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By Mark Slonsky on September 26, 2003
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As a avid admirer of videos that are both unique and rare I am salivating at the chance to own this and the other two titles (spike jonze & chris cunningham). It has taken me a many months to find works by these talented people. The closest you could come to finding a fraction of their work would be to buy Bjork dvd's (which might I recommend are works of arts themselves) In an age where MTV defines what makes good music videos these 3 men are a breath of fresh air and a slap in the face to all those who claim EMINEM's latest video is "so creative". Other than their own films and videos there are many commercials and short films out there featuring their talents. Why should a media so unlimited be play and take these all in.
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Michel Gondry's massive imagination is full of weirdness and wonder. The director of "Human Nature" and the wonderful "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" has a certain kind of cleverness well-suited to music videos. Now the best of them are shown in "Director's Series Volume 3: The Work of Director Michel Gondry."
Among his vivid music videos are the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground," "Fell In Love With A Girl" and "Hardest Button to Button," and a slew of other respected bands like Massive Attack ("Protection"), the Chemical Brothers (the funhouse mirror "Let Forever Be"), Daft Punk (colorful "Around the World") the Rolling Stones ("Like A Rolling Stone") and a bunch of videos for the French pop-rock band Oui Oui, for which he played drums. And that's not all of them!
The two part documentary "I've Been 12 Forever" includes interviews with Gondry, behind-the-scenes information, and bits and pieces of how he forms his unique visions. There are commercials, all tinged with the strange but immensely effective. And on the short film front, Jim Carrey stars in the cute, immensely amusing "Pecan Pie," but the freakily scatological "One Day" falls utterly flat. Wrapping up the whole thing is a booklet full of even more interviews, drawings and inspiration.
Aside from his films, Gondry is perhaps best known for his Bjork music videos, presented in their glory here. The attitudes of the bands and musicians are reflected in the music videos, so the personality shines through, as if Gondry has carefully shaped the images around the music.
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Michel Gondry is a visionary music video director who presents images that feel like they have sprung right out of fanciful dreams or fevered nightmares. Like feature filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Gondry seamlessly blends reality with dreams so that it is impossible to know where one ends and one begins.
Included with the DVD is a 52-page booklet that features behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with Gondry and several of his written treatments for the music videos he ended up directing.
Several of his short films are included on the DVD. Among them, "Drumb and Drumber," which anticipates the same kind of technique he would perfect on a more ambitious scale with the "The Hardest Button to Button" video by The White Stripes.
"Pecan Pie with Jim Carrey" is a funny short film that involves the actor riding around in a bed in his pajamas. It's a surreal vignette that makes no sense-which is largely its appeal.
The DVD also collects some of Gondry's commercial work, most notably one for Levi's jeans which beautifully captures many of the video director's pre-occupations.
In lieu of audio commentaries for the videos (as on the Spike Jonze DVD) there is a 75-minute documentary about Gondry and his career that is divided into two parts over both sides of the DVD. The second segment is the most interesting because it features interviews with many of the musicians that have had videos directed by Gondry. One of the highlights is when Jack White dryly noting that Gondry's concept for "Fell In Love With A Girl" was better then his bandmate, Meg's idea of having them be made out of Oreo cookies.
This DVD perfectly conveys Gondry's unique vision with an excellent cross-section of his work. This disc is highly recommended for fans of the music video medium.
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