Another video for the Focus Features "Rewatch" series. This one took me a while, as I played a bit with the footage (both original as well as from the film) to tie into some of Laura Muley's theories about sexual identification in film. But when this work involves watching Ludivine Sagnier semi- or fully nude for hours, what's there to complain about?
This has been up at Film in Focus for some time, and I've been meaning to embed ever since - but getting settled into my new digs in Brooklyn has taken up much of my May. But since I just had another "Best of the Decade Derby" liveblogging screening (more on that tomorrow), I figured I'd better get this one up now. Presenting my second video essay for Film in Focus, on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, featuring on-camera commentary by frequent collaborator Matt Zoller Seitz. Watching this film with Matt it became very apparent how simply amazing and rich this film is, from its ingenious construction that demands multiple viewings, to its provocative questions about the emotional vagaries and ethical dilemmas that spring from love gone wrong. This almost certainly has a place in my top 10 of the decade - I only wish I had been able to put more time and preparation into this video so that it might reflect the complexity of its source. But I love this little video ditty anyway for its warmth and goofiness, and for Matt's insight and sincere affection for this film. Enjoy.