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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry$
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Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456012

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.001.0001

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In Dreams and in Love There are No Impossibilities: Michel Gondry’s Cinema and the Aesthetics of the Oneiric

In Dreams and in Love There are No Impossibilities: Michel Gondry’s Cinema and the Aesthetics of the Oneiric

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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry
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Bruno Surace

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0003

This chapter by Bruno Surace offers an overarching framework for mapping an oneiric aesthetic across Gondry’s films. This chapter begins with a consideration of Gondry’s first feature, the English-language film Human Nature (2001), written by Charlie Kaufman. This chapter goes on to argue that in all of Gondry’s films, dreams embody three distinct but interrelated dimensions: part of the film’s diegesis, part of a broader symbolic or political system which is not purely narrative, or as a frame for innovative modules of formal film construction, which serves to connect content to a precise aesthetics of the oneiric.

Keywords:   Michel Gondry, Human Nature (2001), Charlie Kaufman, Oneiric aesthetic, Dreams, Love

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