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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
As an entertainment medium the feature film has advanced exponentially over the last 150 years .The advent of sound and later color have made the feature film an ever more immersing experience. Now the dawning of the era of digitalisation and seemingly endless possibilities in the realm of computer special effects complicate the auteur's struggle to produce a successful film. They must break through mediocrity to achieve critical and public acclaim. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a successful film both critically praised and well received by the public although largely unnoticed in comparison to the mammoth of a Hollywood'blockbuster'. From what basis then shall one measure a film to be'successful?' It's merits as a piece of artistic expression or its popularity? Eternal Sunshine doesn't rely heavily on modern computer effects and rather opts to minimize computer usage in place of clever camera wizardry. Italian director Michel Gandry's vision involved the use of longer takes and an'eccentric' narrative straying from generic conventions. Joel and Clementine's relationship is romantic film territory and the themes of memory and technology stock sci-fi staples. The appeal of most modern blockbusters lies in the overblown budget and photo-perfect special effects. A true example of style over substance, spectacle often distracts or takes prevalence to the quality of narrative. However with Eternal Sunshine Gondry holds the reigns of balance, managing to deliver a surrealistic cinematic delight while keeping his direction true to the requirements of the plot. Joel and Clementine's relationship is still the focus of his movie and the dreamy world created by Joel's memories doesn't diverge from but rather consolidates their fractured relationship through Joel's interactions with "Clem" in his mind. His m…

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