An Interview with Michel Gondry
A still from Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
New Inquiry film columnist Brandon Harris interviewed French director Michel Gondry about his new movie: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky
Brandon Harris: When did you encounter Noam Chomsky’s work?
Michel Gondry: Eight years ago, maybe more recently, but I was not very familiar with him at the time. Of course, I was taken by his political work and his views on many things but especially his views on creativity. I responded to it a lot, especially his view that creativity is something that is common to all human beings but you see a very small range of people using their creativity to make their living. I think we share that, thinking that this is a shame. Then I started to read his science work and that was very impressive.
… the wind has its reasons. We just don’t notice as we go about our lives. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. The wind knows everything that’s inside you. And not just the wind. Everything, including a stone. They all know us very well. From top to bottom. It only occurs to us at certain times. And all we can do is go with those things. As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.
So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide