notice the other looking at each other but are both hesitate about approaching one another. Once the viewer later finds out that they have already met, it’s thought-provoking that they have made 2 years worth of memories and are brought back together after having their memories erased. Another important feature in camera placement would be the speed of motion during memory scenes because we are able to view both normal and reverse fast-motion effects done to signify that space and time are being distorted. This technique relates to the editing by placing the camera at an angle where we are able to see the memory erasing first hand. Equally important to the cinematography would be the editing, which is used in order to reveal the space and time between Joel and Clementine’s relationship. The editing in this film contains elements both of continuity and discontinuity that switches throughout the film. Discontinuity is shown during scenes when Joel’s memories are being erased and there is also use of ellipsis as he relives the memories with Clementine at the same time. Discontinuity editing can at times be confusing because it’s arranging shots that seem out of place from the storyline, but this film deliberately uses it to change from past to present time to understand the story better. An example of this technique can be seen when Joel and Clementine hide in Joel’s mind and go back to a memory when they were children. This scene is out of place from the story because the two characters didn’t know each other as children, and only talked about their childhood as adults. The scene cuts from a past memory to a farther past memory, but the audience is able to follow along because they traveled to the past for Joel to keep Clementine safe in his memories. Another example of the editing in this film would be the use of fade-out seen at the beginning of the film when Joel and Clementine are beginning to start a connection to
Rodriguez 5 one another, and after the fade, the viewer witnesses Joel crying. The audience is in the dark as to why, but as the film progresses it is clear that it was done to show a change in a different time. Another technique used would be fast motion seen while Joel is watching a memory, but at the same time it is disappearing. Child states, “Something is beginning to click for Joel in the respect that he is no longer merely visiting his past by remembering, but he is in the process of forgetting,” (pg. 112). In relation to the editing, having a fast pace effect makes Joel feel that his memories are slipping away faster than he can stop them, which affects audience to feel sympathetic towards his regret. In addition, the role of surrealism in this film creates imagery in order to examine Joel’s desire to avoid heartbreak. When Joel finds out that Clementine erased her memories of their relationship, Joel undergoes the same procedure in order to prove to himself that he can be just as happy without Clementine. This backfires on him once the memories begin to erase and his world becomes strange and unnatural without having Clementine. Child mentions, “She served
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- Joel, Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Clementine