RADIO // Beyond the SubtitlesMichel Gondry and Leos Carax, Tokyo!
Hosted by Stephen Schaefer
Originally aired 3/13/09
Michel Gondry and Gabrielle Bell adapted Bell's comic series Cecil and Jordan in New York, for the opening segment of the three-part collaborative film Tokyo!, in which three directors - Gondry, Carax, and Bong Joon-Ho - provide their filmic impressions of what is arguably the world's most populous city. Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Be Kind, Rewind) talks about how different this kind of comic inspiration is from that of his next movie, The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen. For Leos Carax (Pola X, Les Amants du Pont-Neuf), his modern monster segment - called Merde and starring his frequent collaborator Dennis Lavant - is his first film in a decade. During our conversation Carax explains how his cinematic sabbatical was unintentional and talks of his life away from films and the recent death of his Pola leading man Guillaume Depardieu. Bong (The Host, Memories of Murder), who directs the third Tokyo! segment, is a past guest on Subtitles (34 minutes).
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