Synecdoche, New York

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-11-04
  • Publisher: Newmarket Pr
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Synecdoche [sih-NECK-doh-kee], noun. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole, as in the screen for movies. From Charlie Kaufman, perhaps the most distinctive screenwriting voice of our generation, comes a visual and philosophic adventure of epic proportions. Much as he did with his groundbreaking scripts for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman twists and subverts the form and language of film as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, and Tom Noonan, and directed by Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York is an epic story of grand artistic ambitions and creative madness. ¿The way I¿ve always worked, especially in the last few scripts, has been to start and let the thing evolve. I don¿t have it outlined, so I don¿t know where it¿s going or how it¿s going to end¿but I don¿t think it¿s gone far afield in terms of things I was interested in, either illness, fear of death, loneliness, lack of meaning in life, guilt, passage of time. I think those are all things that I came into it with.¿¿Charlie Kaufman, from the Q&A

Author Biography

Charlie Kaufman is the screenwriter of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Oscar« winner for Best Original Screenplay), Adaptation (PEN Screenplay Winner), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Human Nature, and Being John Malkovich. Synecdoche, New York is his directorial debut.

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