5 Videos to Celebrate Filmmaker Michel Gondry’s 50th Birthday

A mini retrospective of the writer-director's wonderfully strange work

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Michael Gondry arrives at "The Green Hornet" premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Jan. 10, 2011 in Hollywood

Michel Gondry — the visually inventive writer-director of commercials, music videos, and movies — turns 50 today.  To celebrate, we’ve put together a small but representative collection of his work.

Björk, “Human Behavior” music video (1993) — This haunting clip — the first of 8 videos he did with Björk — catapulted him into the top tier of music-video auteurs.

Levi’s 501 “Drugstore” commercial (1996) — According to Guinness World Records 2004, this spot holds the distinction for “Most Awards Won by a TV Commercial.” It never aired in the U.S. due to concerns about it showing the purchase of condoms.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  — Gondry found a kindred spirit in scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman – the two, with Pierre Bismuth, shared a best original screenplay Oscar for Sunshine.

Michel Gondry Solves a Rubik’s Cube Using Only His Feet (2006)  — An early viral favorite, this clip convinced many that the director was blessed with an astonishing podalic dexterity (when, in fact, Gondry merely shot the footage in reverse).

“Haircut Mouse” (2012) — A recent short, in which we see a resurfacing of familiar themes…

 

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