Arts, Culture & Media

The singular film director Charlie Kaufman

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Host Kurt Andersen and Charlie Kaufman (image: Hammad Ahmed)

Charlie Kaufman has written some of the most imaginative and oddest screenplays to come out of Hollywood in the last decade: "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

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Now, he is directing films, too.  In his new film “Synecdoche, New York” the protagonist turns all of New York City into a theater production.  It is about a stage director who turns his whole life, and the lives of everyone around him, into this vast piece of never-ending theater.  Philip Seymour Hoffman plays direct, and Diane Wiest plays an actress whom he is auditioning.

To understand the city as a stage, Kurt left the studio and met Charlie Kaufman at the dog run in Washington Square Park.

 
 
 
 
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