Theme Of Cognition In Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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Cinematic Representations of Cognition in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Howard and Joel walk into the lab. The camera pans left in a POV shot, like from the perspective of a horrified spectator, from a screaming woman to Stan performing the memory operation. The background is plastered by a large film of the woman’s memories projected onto the wall. Howard speaks of the procedure in the background. With dynamic camera movements, attentive editing, unique approaches to mise-en-scene, and sound alteration, the eight-minute sequence represents the stark cognitive changes Joel experiences at the beginning of the memory-erasing procedure. In most films, sound is like “an afterthought” to filmmakers and audiences (Corrigan & White, 191). However, with the corruption of Joel’s memory and cognition, special and direct attention is played to sound in these sections of the movie. On the other hand, filmmakers are always careful to pay special attention to visuals. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind takes such diligence to the next level. The first scene continues to a medium shot of Joel in front of Howard at his desk. Joel answers his questions about Clementine. Camera movement and mise-en-scene is relatively normal …show more content…
The focus on Joel’s consciousness starts again with a medium close up of Joel’s back. His car is scratched up against a fire hydrant. A POV shot from Joel’s perspective observes Clementine walking away on a sidewalk. Her character blocks towards the background, increasing distance once more. Joel opens his car in an attempt to follow her. His car is out of the shot, but the shadow of the car door lingers on Clementine’s back, reminiscent of his desire to stay with her. The scene then focuses on over the shoulder shots from Joel’s car. The camera alternates between the road and Clementine. The trend of blurring the mise-en-scene as the camera shifts from the Clementine and Joel

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