Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky

(DVD - 2014?)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
An animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language.
Published: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified], , [2014?]
ISBN: 0788617656
Branch Call Number: DVD 410.92 IS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Additional Contributors: Gondry, Michel
Bermann, Georges
Chomsky, Noam


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Nov 26, 2014
  • jerfairall rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm glad this exists, I guess. The contrast between Chomsky's hyper-analytic sobriety and Gondry's playful whimsey creates its own wacky tension, and as a Canadian kid, the funky NFB-style animations had a charmingly nostalgic kick to them. But this really is a Chomsky primer, and not a very thorough one at that. The lack of discussion on any topic of current political relevance was surprising; knowing that his project would take some years to complete, was Gondry overly cautious about potentially dating his film?

Aug 19, 2014
  • Mr_Pear rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, intelligent conversation with a witty French accent and wonderfully done artistic backdrop. Not for everyone, but worth a look if you are at all interested.


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