[Worldkings] Top 50 creative minds in the world (P. 18) Michel Gondry (France): A genius filmmaker with mastery of surreal visual effects


(Worldkings.org) Michel Gondry is noted for his creative visual style and ability to manipulate mise en scène. He is best known for directing and co-writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Michel Gondry (born 8 May 1963) is a French filmmaker noted for his inventive visual style and distinctive manipulation of mise en scène. Along with Charlie Kaufman, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as one of the writers of the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a film he also directed.


Michel Gondry was born in Versailles, France, where pop music and artistic creativity heavily influenced his youth. A gifted and imaginative individual, he joined the band Oui Oui and attended art school, allowing his skills to develop through multiple mediums.

With his wildly inventive style and unique manipulation of mise-en-scène, Gondry has become one of the most visually innovative directors of our time, working with artists such as Björk and Daft Punk for music video collaborations as well as with filmmaker Charles Stuart Kaufman.

His collaborations with Kaufman, particularly for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, paved the way for his success in Hollywood, marked by Gondry’s Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2004.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Michel Gondry has spent his career living between the United States and France, and has directed films in both English and French. This Franco-American influence, mixed with his mastery of surreal visual effects, makes him a remarkably unique director in the world of cinema.

His other films include the music documentary Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005), the surrealistic science fantasy comedy The Science of Sleep (2006), the comedy Be Kind Rewind (2008), the superhero action comedy The Green Hornet (2011), the drama The We and the I (2012), and the romantic science fantasy tragedy Mood Indigo (2013).


He has directed music videos for Daft Punk, Donald Fagen, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Kanye West, Björk, Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue, Idles, and The White Stripes.


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