Welcome to the latest installment of a movie blog series about the best movies you (probably) haven’t seen. Last time, I featured the first foreign film of the series, City of God, and the week before, I wrote about 12 Angry Men, a black and white “old-school” courtroom drama.
(The idea is that I’ll throw out a movie that I think is really great, but isn’t a huge mainstream hit, or it’s not fresh and likely hasn’t been seen in quite a while—if at all. If you have seen it, share what you think about it—and feel free to rip me if you think it’s not worth watching! Then, in the comments, y’all make one movie suggestion as well. It’s that simple, and it’ll be a lot of fun if you’re a cinephile like me.)
This nomination for the best movie you (probably) haven’t seen is probably the first film featured I can truly say is cinema art to it’s core. It’s so complete, has so much depth, and is so creative in plot, thought, cinematography, and emotion, I have really struggled to decide the best way to write about it in a brief blog post. After all, this film is easily in my “Top 10” AND I wrote an entire term paper in a cinema studies class in college on this film and still had a hard time capturing, describing, and analyzing the film.* A masterpiece written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is perhaps more poetic than the verse from which it gets its namesake.
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;
The film is based on the lyrics of Alexander Pope‘s Eloisa to Abelard, a poem about a tragic love that leaves the female protagonist, Eloisa, longing for forgetfulness over fondness—the foundation on which Kaufman built his masterpiece.
*I actually did a video term paper analyzing the film, so I didn’t technically turn in a written paper.