Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky

DVD - 2014?
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014?]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780788617652
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Oct 02, 2017

The conversations are about Chomsky's own intellectual development, and very briefly about his concept of language; nothing about his political activism. I was very annoyed by the filmmaker talking about himself and his abundant commentary with a thick French accent.

ArapahoeElena Feb 02, 2017

If you're familiar with Chomsky's scholarly work, this is a very nice complement to it. Gondry's drawings give fresh perspective on not only Chomsky's work but his personal life. Noam Chomsky talks about his family and the impact of the loss of his wife a few years ago. A very humanizing portrait, and a wonderful primer if this is your first introduction to one of the most brilliant scholars and linguists of our time.

Dec 28, 2014

The reason for the animations being the way imo they are lend themselves well to how topics are brought up.It reminds me a lot of the Youtube channel "blank on blank" albeit with more clarification and comment sections by the animator Michel Gondry.

A nice intro to Chomsky's life and the relevancy of his work as a linguist rather than the activist/political commentator reputations he's accumulated in a lot of media. I liked the part about his work on generative grammar.

There's only a little bit of mention of politics with references to WWII,former French president Sarkozy, a time he spoke in Turkey and what his children have done.

What bothers me a bit is how (when I watched it) I couldn't skip the trailers.

Nov 26, 2014

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

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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