Verbal Diorama - Episode 217 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Verbal Diorama

Episode 217

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Published on: 27th July, 2023

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!

The world forgetting, by the world forgot:

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned;

It's been almost 20 years since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released, and it feels like nothing else comes close to depicting the cyclical nature of relationships so honestly, or so deftly. With pitch-perfect performances from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet (both playing against type), a stellar supporting cast of Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and Tom Wilkinson, and an atypical non-linear structure showing the deterioration of Joel and Clementine's relationship in reverse.

Who among us hasn’t asked what they’d do to remove the pain and hurt of an ex? Do soul mates exist? Are we constantly drawn to the same people, or people who remind us of the same people? Would we choose the instant gratification of memory removal, or the constant pain and sadness associated to that person leaving your life?

Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?

I would love to hear your thoughts on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind !



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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so, Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and frighten us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.