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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script

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In this illuminating script book, Charlie Kaufman, the Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, shares the logistical challenges of writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in a fascinating interview.

Kaufman also provides commentary on stills from the movie, revealing remarkable details about the editing process, set construction,
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by Newmarket Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Brian
"Oh my darlin, Oh my darlin, Oh my darlin Clementine. You were lost and gone forever. Oh my darlin Clemintine." -- American Western Folk Ballad

I first watched this nine years ago. I admired the movie for the originality and philosophical nature. I considered it “slick” and “smart.” I also enjoyed Kate Winslet (Clemintine), a gorgeous lady.

I watched this tonight. And still enjoyed Kate Winslet, still a gorgeous lady.

This made me cry, deep tears from a broken heart.

What made watching this dif
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April
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film
I have never (ever ever) dived deeper into a movie than I have done with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It was a completely new feeling to me, to be captivated by a movie so much so to want to know everything about it. Eternal Sunshine is one of my favourite films because it really is a work of both genius and art and reading everything behind it is just as interesting and compelling as watching Joel fight on a most troublesome (and surreal) journey to hold on to his memories. It was r ...more
Shymaa Ibrahim
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
عن الاحلام التى تطاردها وتمسكك بها!
عن لحظات فقدانك حلمك، وبحثك بقوة عن وسيلة انقاذه!
عن القرارات الانفعالية التى نندم عليها، خاصة حينما تتعلق بانهاء حلم عشناه بالفعل!

عن قصص الحب بين الاشخاص غير المتناسبين والتى وياللعجب كثيرا ما تعطى الحياة مذاقها المفتقد بدلا من رتابتها!
عن شجاراتنا الدائمة مع من نحب، ورؤيتنا انها غير محتملة، ولكن حينما تضع فى الجانب الاخر فقدان ذلك، الفقدان، النسيان، المحو، تبدو محتملة بشدة بل وجميلة كذلك!

عن قوة الحب!
عن قوة الحلم!
عن قوة الذكريات!

عن ذكرياتنا التى نحبها حتى وان كا
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Daniel Clausen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-books
I'm constantly asked which book is my favorite. Since I can't pick one book in particular, I'll pick my favorite movie and call it my favorite book too. I can't think of a more perfect story. Every time I watch this movie, I'm left in awe.
Saman Kashi
Apr 24, 2008 added it
Shelves: screenplay
درخشش ابدی یک ذهن پاک
فیلمی آمریکایی به کارگردانی مایکل گوندری با بازی جیم کری و کیت وینسلت، محصول سال ۲۰۰۴ میلادی است
جوایز

* اسکار بهترین فیلمنامه اصلی (۲۰۰۵ میلادی)
* نامزد اسکار بهترین بازیگر زن برای کیت وینسلت
* گلدن گلوب بهترین فیلم کمدی یا موزیکال
* گلدن گلوب بهترین بازیگر مرد فیلم کمدی یا موزیکال
* گلدن گلوب بهترین بازیگر زن فیلم کمدی یا موزیکال
* گلدن گلوب بهترین فیلمنامه
hossein yaghoobi
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
فيلم رو سه سال پيش ديدم و عاشقش شدم.ماجراي مردي كه مي خواد تمام خاطرات عشقي اش با دوست دخترش رو پاك كنه و نيمه ماجرا پشيمون ميشه اين كه بشه فيلمي ساخت كه به اندازه تايتانيك رمانتيك و به اندازه رسالات يونگ و فرويد عميق و پرمعني بشه تنها از نابغه هايي مثل ميشل گوندري(كاركگردان كليپ هاي بيورك)و چارلي كافمن(نويسنده فيلمنامه جان مالكوويجچ بودن)برميادتجمه فيلمنامه رو كه دو سه سكانس اضافه به فيلم داره تازه شروع كردم.
Rana Heshmati
وقتی فیلمشو دیدم، همش فکر میکردم اینارو توی فیلنامه چجوری گفتن؟ :دی
ایدش ، جمله هاش و شخصیت کلمنتاین عالیه.
وای. خیلی خوب بود 8->>>>>>>> خیلی.
Mohsen Mohamadi
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
با اينكه ٣-٤ بار فيلمشو ديدم، بازم يه جاهاييش برام تازگي داشت
به نظرم بهتر باشه اول فيلمش رو ديد، تا گم نشيد توي داستان
كلمنتاين دوست داشتني و جوئل عزيز
مطئن باشيد عاشقشون ميشيد

يه حس خيلي خوبي دارم بعد از تموم شدن كتاب، نميدونم چجور ميشه اين حسو يه مدت نگه داشت
اميدوارم شمام با خوندش تپش قلب بگيريد ^__^
Anie
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, do I understand the movie better after reading the script.

This is a really, really gorgeous script. The movie is, of course, a great thing -- beautiful and atmospheric and dreamlike -- but so much of that atmosphere and beauty comes directly out of this script. Kaufman's comments throughout are amazing, and the whole thing is executed so masterfully. What a read.
Dr Zorlak
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: screenplays
I revere Charlie Kaufman. Here is a movie that I watch again and again and again, always finding something new. A perfect marriage of literature, philosophy, and cinema. The script is superb; Kaufman walks a thin line between zany and ordinary, with impeccable results.
Samantha Glasser
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies, and I've seen a lot of movies from the beginning of film from many different countries. The story at its most basic is one we've all heard many times before. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, and then they break up. But the storytelling is unique and creative, the idea that a person could erase memories to make living life easier after a breakup, only to realize that the memories, no matter how painful, are important and worth ...more
Ayan Scratuglia
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the script of the famous movie.... the script is simply amazing.

TO READ ! And if you did not see the movie, GO SEE IT !

The plot from the author:

"Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he
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Nikki
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-culture
Devouring all I can on this film for a school project. Reading the script as entertaining! I like to see the descriptions. Also it forces a focus on the dialogue, since the visuals aren't present. A fun, alternate way to enjoy the film. It's also neat to see what dialogue was removed or revised. Finally, the interview in the end with the writer of the film is compelling.
cory
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Settare
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Settare by: Rana Heshmati
I'm done with this "erasing memory and forget a whole relationship and fall in love with the same guy all over again" thing, It's not a new idea!
Gokaenglish
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
بطل الرواية قرر إنه يقوم بعملية حذف حد من الذاكرة والعملية كانت عبارة عن تتبع خريطة الذاكرة وحذف الذكريات اللي هى موجودة فيها
أثناء عملية الحذف كان هو متخدر لكنه أدرك بعقله وشعوره فداحة الخطوة اللي قررها ولذلك بدأت رحلة هروبه هو والحد ده في عالم الذكريات من قرار الإزالة اللي بيمسح كل ذكرياتهم المشتركة
تصرفات البطل وهو بيحاول ينقذ الموقف بيوضح قد إيه مهم إننا نختار بعناية ذكرياتنا المستقبلية
إحنا لما بنفقد إنسان بنزعل لأن أشيائنا المشتركة خلاص مبقاش لها معنى بعد فقدان طرف محوري ومؤثر لمعالجتها ....
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Noura Alsaif
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
One word: Confusing.
Bryce Taylor
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Cathrine
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I told myself we weren't happy. That was the truth. That what we were was safe. It was unfair to you and to me to stay in a *
relationship for that reason. I thought about Clementine and the spark when I was *
with her, but then I thought what you and I had was real and adult and therefore *
significant even if it wasn’t much fun. But I wanted fun. I saw other people having fun and I wanted it. Then I *
thought fun is a lie, that no one is really having fun; I’m being suckered by *
advertising and mo
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Giulia
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
every thing Kaufman writes is extremely moving. if you love it,I suggest you to get as much as you can about how it was made. This edition is full of important special contents,so there are curiosities that are pretty difficult to find on the internet. There are prefaces and a long,deep interview with Charlie Kaufman,moreover a lot of pictures of the movie with his comments ( comments that are so honest and simple)
Joel and Clementine are like two butterflies looking for the blood and tears
Osahi
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Witty, well crafted, funny and moving screenplay of the wonderfull 2004-film. This final shooting draft screenplay has not been redacted to match the final cut of the film. So you'll get additional snippets of dialogue, some 'new' scènes and subplots and off course a great insight in the cutting process of the film. The structure and tempo of the final cut is better then the screenplays, but all in all is ESOTSM one of those great screenplays people will be referring to in the future...
Danielle
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
It was interesting to try and follow along as I watched the film. It was especially interesting to see how much of the "shooting script" didn't make it into the final cut of the movie. The dialogue in the screenplay is long-winded, oft-times overkill. Screen directions were sometimes followed without detour though.
Anna
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the movie
In a fit of "I want to be a screenwriter" enthusiasm, I went to the library and checked out 1 million screenwriting books. This happened to be on the shelf nearby (thanks, Dewey decimal), so I grabbed it. I hadn't seen the movie in a while, so it was interesting to see how much detail the script went into (and, in most cases, didn't go into).
Darin Strachan
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This screenplay reads even better than I remember the movie to be; and it is one of my favorite films. For the movie buff, this book is the extended writer's cut with "bonus features" - an interview with Kaufman, intro from director Michel Gondry, and a collection of stills with captures written by Kaufman. It's a great companion to a fantastic film.
Suvojit
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the closest you can get to the movie. The narration is brilliant, the feeling of being one of those characters you can relate to impends on you immediately. Fabulous read. Recommended for everyone.
Olivia
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I found the most eye-opening from reading the screenplay is how different some parts of the final film turns out from the original screenplay. I also enjoyed the though process and reference points discussed in the Charlie Kaufman interview.
Eraserhead
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written script, emotionally moving even on the page, with great photographs and insights by the man himself, Charlie Kaufman.

Definitely recommended for fans of the film and of Kaufman's other work. It reads like a beautifully wrought play.
Brent Simon
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i really liked this screenplay. i mean, i love the movie, that it is why i bought this book and read it, but the screenplay is always a little different. it was a good interesting read though and i recommend it to anyone!
Hope Wabuke
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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so simply beautiful is kaufmaun's structure, always. i read this to find formal patterns of how to shift and blur within subjective world inside mind and physical world of literal reality outside mind.
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Charles Stuart Kaufman is an American playwright, film producer, theater and film director, and an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Award-winning screenwriter. Often regarded as one of the finest screenwriters of the 21st century, his work explores themes of death, insecurity, the artistic process, and the passage of time.

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