Watch Michel Gondry Taxi Driver’s ‘Remake’
Yesterday morning Les Inrocks shared the latest piece by French director Michel Gondry, a sweded version of Taxi Driver.
The art of Sweding a movie has been -officially- invented with Be Kind, Rewinds, Gondry’s 2008 feature that tells the story of two friends working in a video store and who decide to reenact all the movies they offer for rent after one of them accidentally erased all the tapes. The concept grew, and to promote the DVD release, Gondry organized a contest encouraging people to create a sweded version of a movie, the three winners having their piece in the DVD Bonus. (Type sweded on Google, and look for the videos: the concept has decently grew)
I love the idea of paying an homage to a movie you love with what you have. Gondry’s strengths and what made his charm are fully expressed here. The director uses colored pencils as bullets to charge his gun, paintings to simulate blood when someone gets shot, and cut portraits of random people playing extras in a taxi instead of using actors.
What I always appreciated with Gondry is that no matter the scale of the tools he has to express himself, there is a uniqueness in the way he sees and thinks about things that often make me say to myself ‘Oh, I wish I had thought of that.’
He is a director that once embraced the limitations he had and now uses them as a way to create distinctive universe.
And if one wants to argue that even his ‘look-cheap’ movies have more budget that we could hope for on good days, another could answer that coming up with a consistent flow of original ideas doesn’t require financial back-up.
And that’s the hard part.