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It follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories. Pierre Bismuth created the story with Kaufman and Gondry. The title of the film is a quotation from the poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope. The film uses elements of the psychological thriller and a nonlinear narrative to explore the nature of memory and romantic love. The film developed a cult following in the years after its release and has come to be regarded by many critics as one of the best films of the 21st century.
Both had felt the need to travel to Montauk that day, and they almost immediately connect, feeling drawn to each other despite their contrasting personalities.
Although Joel and Clementine do not realize it, they were once in a relationship, having separated after dating for two years. The narrative subsequently takes place in Joel's mind during the memory erasing procedure. Joel finds himself revisiting his memories of Clementine in reverse , starting from the downfall of their relationship.
As he comes across happier memories of Clementine early in their relationship, he attempts to preserve at least some memory of her and his love for her, trying to evade the procedure by taking his idealized memory of Clementine into memories not linked to her and attempting to wake up and stop the process.
Despite his efforts, the technicians succeed in erasing his memories. Joel comes to the last remaining memory of Clementine, the day he first met her at a beach house in Montauk. As the memory disintegrates around them, she whispers to meet her in Montauk.
This leads to both Joel and Clementine travelling to Montauk, where they subsequently meet on the train. A separate story arc occurs during Joel's memory erasure, revolving around Lacuna's employees. Patrick, one of the Lacuna technicians performing the erasure, uses Joel's memories and his mementos of Clementine to seduce and date her in the present. Mary, the Lacuna receptionist, is dating another technician, Stan, but has feelings for the married head of Lacuna, Dr.
Howard Mierzwiak. During Joel's memory wipe, Mary discovers she previously had an affair with Dr. Mierzwiak and agreed to have the affair erased from her memory after Dr. Mierzwiak's wife found out. Devastated by this discovery, Mary quits her job and steals the company's records, mailing all of Lacuna's clients the tapes of each client recounting their memories to be erased. In the present, Joel and Clementine meet at the Montauk train station and are eager to begin what appears to be a new and exciting relationship.
When they both receive their Lacuna records mailed by Mary, they are shocked and disturbed by the bitter memories they have of each other. Clementine attempts to leave, saying that the relationship might end the same way it did in the tapes. They realize that flaws in their relationship are inevitable but decide to go on with it, believing that they are meant to be together. Gondry approached Charlie Kaufman with this concept, the two having worked previously together for Kaufman's Human Nature.
Due to the similarities, Kaufman became worried and tried to pull out of the project, but Golin made him complete it. Alexander Pope , Eloisa to Abelard , Kaufman did not want to make the film a thriller and wanted to downplay the science fiction aspects of memory erasure, focusing on the relationship.
Navy base. The shoot was challenging for cinematographer Ellen Kuras , due to the difficulty of filming Gondry's vision for the film, which aimed to "blend location-shoot authenticity with unpredictable flashes of whimsy. Kuras disagreed with this choice and would get around it by lighting the room instead of the actors and by hiding light bulbs around the set to increase light levels. Two handheld cameras filmed near degree footage at all times, shooting 36, feet of film a day to deal with this.
When using wheelchairs, the shot was not consistently smooth, however as Kuras liked the aesthetic of the low-angle, wobbly movement, the final film contains the footage.
The film used minimal CGI , with many effects accomplished in-camera , through forced perspectives , hidden space, spotlighting, unsynchronized sound, split focus and continuity editing. Gondry in response fired the team and had the production team, including the actors and producers, place the set in the water. In retaliation for Gondry's actions, the chief of the union reprimanded Gondry in front of the crew. Kaufman rewrote some of the script during production; thus, several discrepancies exist between the production script and the final film.
Another script component that did not make it into the final film was the appearance of Naomi, Joel's girlfriend, played by Ellen Pompeo. Against Kaufman's insistence on Naomi's inclusion, the production team cut her already filmed scenes. Editing was a long process as there was no requirement to rush it.
Hollywood Records released the soundtrack on March 16, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's soundtrack received generally positive reviews. AllMusic described it as "nearly as deft", and described Brion's score as "intimate" and "evocative of love and memories".
Vernallis describes some threads of the visual, aural and musical motifs throughout the film, and how some motifs can work in counterpoint. The site's critical consensus reads, "Propelled by Charlie Kaufman 's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache. Scott of The New York Times praised the film for being "cerebral, formally and conceptually complicated, dense with literary allusions and as unabashedly romantic as any movie you'll ever see".
Winslet and Carrey received acclaim for their performances. She hasn't had such a meaty role in a while, and she plays it just right,"  while Ann Hornaday in a review for The Washington Post said "Even when forced to wear costumes and wigs that make her look like Pippi Longstocking after an acid-fueled trip to the thrift market, Winslet maintains a reassuring equilibrium.
It takes an actor of her steadiness to play someone this unhinged. Jason Killingsworth in a review for Paste magazine said of his performance "Carrey nails the part, winning audience sympathy from the opening moments of the film".
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. In October , Anonymous Content announced they would be working with Universal Cable Productions to produce a television series based on the film.
Kaufman is not involved in writing the show. The project is still in planning stages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theatrical release poster. Steve Golin Anthony Bregman. Anonymous Content This is That. How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned;. Main article: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script
The offbeat, genre-defying antics of Charlie Kaufman have made him a rare beast in an increasingly risk-averse industry with a reputation for safe bets and reliable franchise fare. And yet, for all his complexity and offbeat ideas, his best work remains immediately accessible for one simple reason: authentic, relatable emotion. The plot itself teeters on the absurd, with Joel Jim Carrey undergoing a controversial medical procedure to erase all memories of his ex-girlfriend Clementine Kate Winslet after discovering that she has done the same to him. Structurally, the film is a labyrinth on par with The Matrix or Inception , following Joel from memory to memory as he relives his relationship with Clementine before eventually regretting his decision to forget her. And yet for all its complexity, Eternal Sunshine is never hard to follow. The reason?
FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'
Thank you. Become a Patron! For those of you who have not watched the movie, it tells the story of Joel Barish, a down-on-his-luck artist, who realizes his ex-girlfriend Clementine has erased him from his memory. He decides to do the same, but during the process, he becomes conscious and regrets it, so he begins to turn it around. The main reference for this article will be the shooting script published by Newmarket from their The Shooting Script series.
Movie vs. Script: ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
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