DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY
2005, Focus Features, 103 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

With his Comedy Central show the hottest thing on television, Dave Chappelle threw a Brooklyn block party, inviting neighbors (including people from his Ohio hometown) to enjoy music from the cream of hip-hop and soul performers. Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mos Def, The Roots and a reunion of The Fugees are among the all-star line-up, and Chappelle’s hilarious asides help make the good times and sense of community contagious.


IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?
2013, IFC Films, 88 min, France, Dir: Michel Gondry

In this fascinating documentary, one of France’s most inventive directors, Michel Gondry, sits down for a conversation - in animated form - with one of America’s leading thinkers, Noam Chomsky. Gondry’s drawings and playful questions offer an ideal gateway to some very heady topics as the famed academic and activist discusses language, philosophy, religion and much more.


HUMAN NATURE
2001, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry made his feature debut with this subversive and satirical comedy from the pen of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). Severe body-hair issues led Patricia Arquette into the wilderness, but desire led her back out - and into the arms of research psychologist Tim Robbins. Together they discover a young man (Rhys Ifans) who has been raised as an ape … and the line between man and beast only gets thinner from there.


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