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Carol Vernallis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766994.001.0001

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Music Video, Songs, Sound

Music Video, Songs, Sound

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(p.94) Chapter 5 Music Video, Songs, Sound
Unruly Media

Carol Vernallis

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind establishes structure and projects a sense of musicality. Its story’s lacunae emerge through a bewildering number of flashbacks as well as process-oriented and mood-based events, all which make a space for the soundtrack. Alongside these lacunae are carefully refined structures. At least 30 visual motifs—like the skeleton posada figures, lamps, and hair dye—crisscross the film, playing a variety of roles. These motifs and the lattices that hold them are structured to connect with the soundtrack in an intimate fashion. The film’s soundtrack contains much music, but even when music is absent, the dialogue and environmental sounds are designed to work musically. A latticework of sound-image relations create new kinds of characterization, affect, and story.

Keywords:   Post-classical cinema, aesthetics, digital, music video, Michael Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman, soundtrack, audiovisual

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