As you think ahead to the second iteration of the Comparative Essay, what are your initial thoughts on how to compare Eternal Sunshine, Vertigo and Memento in terms of the representation of time, space and memory?
How are you comparing the first two films in your Comparative Essay?
Which frame did you choose from Eternal Sunshine for your analysis and why?
In the Learning Assessments this week a number of students had questions about the ending of Eternal Sunshine, like: Is it a happy ending? Should it be happy ending? What do the final shots mean in terms of what we see Joel and Clementine doing and where they are doing it? What do the jump cuts (editing) mean?
An interesting question about Eternal Sunshine from the Learning Assessments is whether there is any significance to how the erasure or degradation of memories is shown. For example, erasure is signified in some scenes by people and objects disappearing, while in others the lights go out, and in others the setting simply dissolves, or soft focus is used to show the degradation. What do these different choices mean? Why not be visually consistent?
This entry is for an open discussion of our first viewing of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Here are the topics I distilled from my notes and your Post-film Writing:
- Showing the timeline of the narrative, e..g, with Clementine's hair.
- Visualizing the process of memory loss.
- Placing the final scene.
- Visual cues for “good” vs. “bad” memories.
- Childhood memories and m-e-s.
- How Patrick "shows up" in the story.
Which of the three Michel Gondry films did you enjoy the most? The least? Which are you most glad to have seen? Had you seen any before? How was watching for this class different? Which was the most interesting in terms of m-e-s?
Unlike Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind was both written and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine was written by Charlie Kaufman). If you were to cite differences between the films related to this difference in authorship, what would you point to?