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Encyclopedia > Charlie Kaufman
Charles Stuart Kaufman
Born: 20 September 1958
New York City, NY
Occupation: Screenwriter
Playwright
Film director

Charles Stuart Kaufman (born September 20, 1958) is an Academy Award winning American screenwriter, identified by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood. Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Premiere is an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Médias, beginning publication in 1987. ... ...

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Life and work

Kaufman was born to a Jewish family in New York City. He later moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, and was a graduate of William H. Hall High School, graduating with a 3.1 GPA. After graduating from film school at New York University, he worked for a time in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles. He got his start in television, writing two episodes for Chris Elliott's Get a Life, as well as a couple of dozen other episodes of shows like Ned and Stacey and The Dana Carvey Show. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... West Hartford is a town located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... William H. Hall High School is a four-year public high school located in West Hartford, Connecticut. ... Chris Elliott (born May 31, 1960 in New York City) is an American comedian and the son of comedian Bob Elliott. ... Get a Life is the name of a television sitcom that aired on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990 to March 8, 1992. ... Ned and Stacey was a US television sitcom that aired on the FOX network from 1995 to 1997. ... The Dana Carvey Show was a half-hour sketch comedy television show on the U.S. television network ABC during the 1996 season. ...


He first came to prominence as the writer of Being John Malkovich, earning an Oscar nomination for his effort and a BAFTA. He also wrote Human Nature, which was directed by Michel Gondry and then worked with Spike Jonze again as the screenwriter for Adaptation., which earned him another Oscar nomination and his second BAFTA. Adaptation featured a "Charlie Kaufman" character that is a heavily fictionalized version of the screenwriter, including an "identical twin brother," a sell-out screen-writer reflective of Kaufman's anxieties about Hollywood. Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Human Nature is a 2001 comedy film, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969), is an American director of offbeat music videos and commercials, and an Academy Award-nominated director and producer in film and television, most notably the 1999 black comedy film Being John Malkovich and the 2002 film Adaptation. ... Adaptation. ...


He also penned the screenplay for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a biopic based on the "unauthorized autobiography" of Chuck Barris, the creater of such popular gameshows as the Dating Game and host of the Gong Show. The film focuses on Barris's claim to have simultaneously been a CIA hitman. It was George Clooney's directorial debut. Kaufman angrily criticized George Clooney for making dramatic alterations to the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind script without consulting him. Kaufman said in an interview with William Arnold: "The usual thing for a writer is to deliver a script and then disappear. That's not for me. I want to be involved from beginning to end. And these directors [Gondry, Jonze] know that, and respect it." Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 drama film directed by George Clooney. ... Chuck Barris (born Charles Hirsch Barris in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1929) produced American game shows during the 1960s and 1970s. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first five seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first five seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star... Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 drama film directed by George Clooney. ... William Arnold (1587-1675) was an early settler in Rhode Island. ...


His most recent film is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, his second with director Michel Gondry, for which he received his first Oscar for best screenplay and third BAFTA. Kaufman also received the prestigious PEN American Center 2005 prize for screenplay for the film [1]. David Edelstein described the film in Slate as "The Awful Truth turned inside-out by Philip K. Dick, with nods to Samuel Beckett, Chris Marker, John Guare—the greatest dramatists of our modern fractured consciousness. But the weave is pure Kaufman." Kaufman will make his directorial debut with his next project, Synecdoche, New York. Academy-award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Michelle Williams are both attached to the film, which tells "the story of an anguished playwright who is forced to deal with several women in his life."[2] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ... Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... PEN American Center (PEN), founded in 1922 and based in New York City, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. ... David Edelstein is the chief film critic for New York Magazine, as well as the film critic for NPRs Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. ... Slate is an online news and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley and owned by Microsoft (as part of MSN). ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction; additional to forty-four books currently in print, Dick wrote several short stories and minor works published in pulp magazines. ... Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ... Chris Marker (born July 29, 1921) is a French writer, photographer, film director, multimedia artist and documentary maker. ... John Guare (pronounced gwâr, born 5 February 1938) is an American playwright. ... Synecdoche, New York is an upcoming film to be written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, in his directorial debut. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9, 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ...


Kaufman's works often focus on an introverted, somewhat shy, male protagonist and a more dominant female figure. This is true of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Joel/Clementine), Adaptation. (Charlie/Susan), and Being John Malkovich (Craig/Maxine). Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ... Adaptation. ... Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ...


He lives in Pasadena, California. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Theatre

Kaufman wrote and directed the play Hope Leaves the Theater, a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear. This play starred Meryl Streep, Hope Davis and Peter Dinklage. In the world of the play, it was the last thing Charlie Kaufman (the character) wrote before he committed suicide. The title actually refers to Hope Davis' character "leaving the theater." Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... Peter Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor. ...


Theater of the New Ear, including Hope Leaves the Theater, debuted in April 2005 at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY.[3]


Literature

Among Charlie Kaufman's favourite writers and influences are Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Stanisław Lem, Philip K. Dick, Flannery O'Connor, Stephen Dixon, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith. The phrase "eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" is drawn from Alexander Pope's poem Eloisa to Abelard. There are also references in Kaufman's work to another literary figure, Italo Svevo. One of his characters is named after the Italian Modernist writer (Mary Svevo in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Svevo's novel La Coscienza di Zeno (Confessions of Zeno, or Conscience of Zeno, 1923) also seems to be important in connection with Kaufman's writing. Kafka at the age of five Franz Kafka (IPA: ) (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) was one of the major German-language fiction writers of the 20th century. ... Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ... StanisÅ‚aw Lem in 1966. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction; additional to forty-four books currently in print, Dick wrote several short stories and minor works published in pulp magazines. ... Mary Flannery OConnor (b. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Shirley Jackson (December 14, 1916 [1]– August 8, 1965) was an influential American author. ... Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 - February 4, 1995) was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers. ... Alexander Pope, an English poet best known for his Essay on Criticism and Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the early eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. ... Eloisa to Abelard In these deep solitudes and awful cells, Where heavnly-pensive contemplation dwells, And ever-musing melancholy reigns; What means this tumult in a vestals veins? Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat? Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat? Yet, yet I love... Aron Ettore Schmitz (December 19, 1861 – September 13, 1928), better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo, was an Italian businessman and author of novels, plays, and short stories, who converted to Roman Catholicism after marrying Livia Veneziani. ... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ... La Coscienza di Zeno (Confessions of Zeno, Conscience of Zeno, or Zenos Conscience) is an Italian novel by Italo Svevo. ...


Quotes

"Consciousness is a terrible curse. I think. I feel. I suffer." Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... Look up Curse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


- Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) in Being John Malkovich John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American film actor and writer, born in Evanston, Illinois to a liberal Irish-Catholic family. ... Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ...


"You are what you love, not what loves you."


- Donald Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) in Adaptation. Donald Kaufman is the fictional twin brother of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and was created for the film Adaptation. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964[1]) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Adaptation. ...


"I liked Woody Allen when I was younger. The early Woody Allen is a complete mess, which I liked as a kid, but he was also a person that I could aspire to be, you know, short Jewish guys up there on the screen. I wanted to write comedies when I was younger, and yeah I liked his style. But I had a different idea of things then." (...) Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ...


"I don’t really have anything against stories, but I just want to feel something happening. I read something that Emily Dickinson said that I’m going to paraphrase: you know something’s poetry if a shiver goes up your spine." This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


- In an Interview with Michael Koresky and Matthew Plouffe, Reverse Shot Online, Spring 2005


Credits

Films

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ... Human Nature is a 2001 comedy film, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Adaptation. ... Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 drama film directed by George Clooney. ... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ... Synecdoche, New York is an upcoming film to be written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, in his directorial debut. ...

Plays

  • Hope Leaves the Theater (2005; playwright, director)

References

  1. ^ PEN Center USA: 2005 Literary Awards Winners. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  2. ^ Kaufman's Directorial Debut Lands Williams, Hoffman. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  3. ^ The Body - Projects - Theater of the New Ear. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.

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External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, as well as video games. ... Screenshot of Salon. ...

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Charlie Kaufman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (801 words)
Charles Stuart Kaufman (born November 1, 1958 to a Jewish family in New York City) is an Academy Award winning screenwriter, identified by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.
Adaptation featured a "Charlie Kaufman" character that is a heavily fictionalized version of the screenwriter; in real life, however, he does not have an identical twin brother, is married rather than single and hardly experienced that story's fabulist drama.
Among Charlie Kaufman's favourite writers are Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Stanisław Lem, Philip K. Dick, Flannery O'Connor, Stephen Dixon, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith.
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