Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Art House Cut

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Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
108
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
15
Time Cut:
93
Brief Synopsis:
Follow Joel as he learns to let go of love.
Intention:
A re-edit of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind designed to make it look more like a student film from the 90's.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Numerous audio/visual aging/damage effects.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Arthouse Cut by Ken Poirier (15.21)

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
108
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
15
Time Cut:
93
Brief Synopsis:
Follow Joel as he learns to let go of love.
Intention:
A re-edit of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind designed to make it look more like a student film from the 90's.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Numerous audio/visual aging/damage effects.
Poster by Ken Poirier

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Arthouse Cut by Ken Poirier (15.21)

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8.2
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7.8(8)
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8.8(8)
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7.8(8)
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8.5(8)
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8.1(8)
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9.0
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7.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
Cool edit which compresses a large chunk of the main storyline of Eternal Sunshine of the Mind into a short. The A/V editing is very impressive - the edit flows between scenes smoothly and overlaps dialogue with different footage effectively. In particular, the compression of scenes leading into dreams is well done - very frantic - and the choice of ending and rescore was also good. My only critique is that the damage/grindhouse effect is overdone. All in all, it's an enjoyable short.

It goes without saying, make sure to watch the original first.
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8.6
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9.0
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7.0
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8.0
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Ken Poirier's distillation of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is hauntingly effective.
It focuses on the breakup / erasure, followed by the all-too-human tendency to cling to cherished memories.
Video quality is scruffy, with too much damage.
The audio is not exactly spotless, either.
The story itself is the hook. A poignant look at how fleeting are relationships.
And how fragile - terribly fragile - is love.
Mr Poirier was a decent editor and longstanding member of FE.
I remember him leaving, though I cannot recall the details.
His presence is missed.

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Yes
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DVD
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7.8
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7.0
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10.0
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7.0
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8.0
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7.0
I love the source material, so seeing a shorter version of it was fun but ultimately I couldn't get past the aging. It seemed very artificial most of the time, which distracted me from everything else. There were plenty of smart edits but I was unable to engage with it for the most part.
T
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8.0
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10.0
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8.0
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Yeahhhh sooooo.... It's definitely safe to say I liked this short the least. The primary problems were:

1) The aging effects felt forced and unnatural.
2) I didn't know what the motherflip was going in. And I've seen the original movie.
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8.4
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8.0
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9.0
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Another impressive effort at condensing a story and maintaining coherence. Most of the editing seemed fine to me - as some others have noted, the only significant issue with this is the "aged film" effect, which was sometimes quite obviously artificial and would likely have benefitted from further adjustment on a scene-by-scene basis (though this would obviously be quite time-consuming).
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