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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

(p.56) Charlie Kaufman
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Charlie Kaufman, whose scripts include Being John Malkovich (1999) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). His directorial debut Synecdoche, New York (2008) is described as a work of rare ambition and scope. The film grapples with themes of failure, disappointment, and ennui. The cast is also one of the best in recent American cinema, which include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis, and Dianne Wiest. The interview covered topics such as how Kaufman found the transition from writing to directing; whether he intended that Synecdoche be viewed numerous times; the comic element in Synecdoche; his reputation for writing strong female characters; and his working relationship with veteran cinematographer Frederick Elmes.

Keywords:   Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, writers, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking, Synecdoche, New Yor

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