Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

How does the reverse chronology affect the storytelling? Can false memories be implanted? And did Charlie Kaufman follow traditional screenplay structure? Listen now to find out! Scott Croco and Jay Holavarri unhack Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) in this podcast episode.

When a man discovers his girlfriend has erased him from her memory, he does the same thing in return. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in Michel Gondry’s and Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)!

Episode Log:

  • March 2004 trivia (1:45)
  • Summary of Eternal Sunshine’s story/plot (4:45)
  • Charlie Kaufman’s script (8:05)
  • Movie Review (22:30)
  • The Amstrad PPC640 computer (51:50)
  • Movie’s method of erasing memories (56:55)
  • Scientific studies on memory (1:00:50)
  • Digression into NFL football (1:06:25)
  • Human memory is unreliable (1:09:55)
  • False memories, misinformation effect, memory blindness (1:11:00)
  • Applying theoretical memory concepts to real life (1:21:05)
  • Budget, Box Office (1:24:05)
  • Critics’ reactions, awards (1:28:05)
  • “Fiction or Fake?” game (1:30:00)

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Episode 049 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) unhacked!
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Research sources:
Amstrad PPC-640S and PPC 512
The incredible science exploring how to edit our memories
Elizabeth Loftus
Can you trust your memories?
Julia Shaw, Memory Hacker and Julia Shaw on “Memory Hackers” Nova (YouTube)
Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories
David Cross – I’m Building A Bird House (YouTube)

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