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ReFocus The International Director: The Films of Michel Gondry

Organization: ReFocus The International Director (Edinburgh UP)
Categories: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media
Event Date: 2017-04-30 Abstract Due: 2017-04-30

Michel Gondry (b. 1963) is an internationally recognized auteur, whose work spans music videos, narrative film and documentary. Known for his distinctive aesthetic and unique approach to analogue and digital effects, Gondry’s oeuvre includes collaborations with such leading figures as acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Human Nature; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), American comedian Dave Chappelle (Dave Chappelle’s Block Party) and MIT professor/social theorist Noam Chomsky (Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?). Gondry employs a high degree of audiovisual innovation, whether in surreal fantasies (The Science of Sleep; Mood Indigo) or meditations on American popular culture (Be Kind Rewind).

We are currently seeking 200-250 word abstracts for essays for inclusion in a collection on Michel Gondry to be published as part of the University of Edinburgh’s ReFocus: The International Director series, which examines under-analyzed directors from world cinema (series editors Robert Singer and Gary D. Rhodes). This collection aims to further and deepen understanding of Gondry as a transnational and multi-media auteur. Essays may examine a single work or multiple works, and/or place/discuss Gondry in dialogue with the work of others. Essays may focus on (but are not limited to) the following topics:

• Gondry as Transatlantic figure.
• The relationship between Gondry and music, including his work in music videos
• Gondry’s place in French cinematic traditions, both contemporary and historic
• Gondry and American popular culture
• Innovation in Gondry’s work, including narrative and/or formal and/or technological innovation
• Gondry and Collaboration
• Philosophical/Social themes and concerns in Gondry’s work
• Your suggested topic

Full essays included in the refereed anthology will be approximately 8,000 words, referenced in Chicago endnote style.

Please send a one-page CV and 200/250-word abstract to michelgondrycollection@gmail.com by April 30, 2017

Any questions can be sent to

Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby


Jennifer Kirby