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Charlie Kaufman is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Script Supervisor and Thanks American born on 19 november 1958 at New York City (USA)

Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman
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Birth name Charles Stuart Kaufman
Nationality USA
Birth 19 november 1958 (65 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Writers Guild of America Award

Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and lyricist. His writing works includes critically acclaimed films Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He made his directing debut in 2008 with Synecdoche, New York, which was met with positive reception as well; film critic Roger Ebert called it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009.

Kaufman is often praised for being highly original and imaginative: Being John Malkovich stars John Malkovich as a fictional version of himself, Human Nature is mostly told by flashbacks, Adaptation tells the story of Kaufman himself, trying to write the film itself and to understand the book from which it is adapted with the help of his twin brother Donald Kaufman (who was credited as a cowriter despite being a fictional character), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind mainly takes place in the mind of the main character while his memory is erased and Synecdoche, New York is a postmodern film with many complex non-realistic elements.

He has been nominated for three Academy Awards: twice for Best Original Screenplay for Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, winning the award for the latter, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Adaptation. He also won two BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplays, one BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Saturn Award for Best Writing.

Biography

Il commence sa carrière à la télévision. Il écrit deux épisodes de la série de Chris Elliott Get a Life et collabore aux scénarios d'une douzaine d'autres séries comme Ned and Stacy ou The Dana Carvey Show.

Charlie Kaufman rencontre le succès en écrivant le scénario de Dans la peau de John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) de Spike Jonze, scénario qui lui vaut une nomination aux Oscars et un BAFTA. Il écrit ensuite Human Nature, qui sera réalisé par Michel Gondry, puis retrouve Spike Jonze pour Adaptation qui lui vaut une nouvelle nomination aux Oscars et un autre BAFTA. Kaufman écrit alors le scénario du premier film réalisé par George Clooney, Confessions d'un homme dangereux (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), la biographie de l'animateur de jeux télévisés et soi-disant agent de la CIA Chuck Barris.

En 2004 sort Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, sa seconde collaboration avec Michel Gondry. Développé avec ce dernier sur la base d'une idée originale de l'artiste contemporain Pierre Bismuth, le scénario leur vaut à tous trois l'Oscar 2005 du meilleur scénario original. Il réalise son premier film, dont il a écrit le scénario, Synecdoche, New York, en 2008.

Best films

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
(Script Consultant)
Ad Astra (2019)
(Script Consultant)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
(Story)
Her (2014)
(Thanks)
Adaptation. (2002)
(Scriptwriter)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
(Writer)

Usually with

Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(5 films)
Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson
(2 films)
Lance Acord
Lance Acord
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Charlie Kaufman (15 films)

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Director

I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman, John Carpenter
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Teddy Coluca, Guy Boyd
Rating65% 3.299833.299833.299833.299833.29983
Jake emmène sa petite amie avec lui pour la présenter à ses parents qui vivent dans une ferme reculée. Mais après un détour surprise au cours duquel Jake abandonne son amie, la tension et la fragilité psychologique vont se mêler à la terreur pure.
Anomalisa
Anomalisa (2016)
, 1h30
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, Gérard Darier
Rating71% 3.598793.598793.598793.598793.59879
Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles with his inability to connect to people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view.
Synecdoche, New York, 2h4
Directed by Charlie Kaufman, Uwe Boll
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre
Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson
Rating75% 3.750543.750543.750543.750543.75054
Theater director Caden Cotard finds his life unraveling. Suffering from numerous physical ailments and growing increasingly alienated from his wife, Adele, an artist, he hits bottom when Adele leaves him for a new life in Berlin, taking their four-year-old daughter, Olive, with her.

Scriptwriter

Chaos Walking
Directed by Doug Liman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Post-apocalyptic films, Sur une planète fictive, Dystopian films
Actors Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas, Demián Bichir
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.8669252.8669252.8669252.8669252.866925
Todd Hewitt est le seul enfant de Prentissville, un village d'hommes d'une planète coloniale surnommée « Nouveau Monde ». On a appris à l'enfant que ces hommes étaient les derniers habitants de la planète et que les Spackles, une race extra-terrestre, a propagé lors d'une guerre contre les hommes un virus qui les a tué eux-mêmes ainsi que toutes les femmes. C'est à ce moment-là que serait apparu « le Bruit ». Après avoir découvert un horrible secret, Todd va devoir fuir avec son chien comme seul compagnon. Il va alors rencontrer pour la première fois une fille, Viola Eade, et découvre ainsi que les femmes et les Spackles existent toujours. Todd et Viola vont alors devoir échapper au cruel maire Prentiss, qui a lancé une véritable armée à leurs trousses.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman, John Carpenter
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Teddy Coluca, Guy Boyd
Rating65% 3.299833.299833.299833.299833.29983
Jake emmène sa petite amie avec lui pour la présenter à ses parents qui vivent dans une ferme reculée. Mais après un détour surprise au cours duquel Jake abandonne son amie, la tension et la fragilité psychologique vont se mêler à la terreur pure.
Ad Astra
Ad Astra (2019)
, 2h4
Directed by James Gray
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Sur la Lune, Mars in film, Sur la Lune
Actors Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy
Roles Script Consultant
Rating64% 3.2452753.2452753.2452753.2452753.245275
Sur Terre, dans un futur proche, l’ingénieur et astronaute de la NASA Roy McBride s'occupe de la maintenance d'une antenne de 30 km de hauteur. Celle-ci est détruite lors d’une surcharge électrique venue de Neptune, qui cause des ravages également sur Terre.
Anomalisa
Anomalisa (2016)
, 1h30
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, Gérard Darier
Roles Theatre Play
Rating71% 3.598793.598793.598793.598793.59879
Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles with his inability to connect to people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view.
Radio Rebel
Directed by Peter Howitt, Stanley Kubrick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Children's films
Actors Debby Ryan, Sarena Parmar, Atticus Mitchell, Merritt Patterson, Siobhan Williams, Allie Bertram
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.866562.866562.866562.866562.86656
Tara Adams is a shy seventeen-year-old senior at Lincoln Bay High School who dreads speaking to anyone in the school hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom, she rocks out as a podcast DJ named "Radio Rebel." Her alter ego gives inspirational messages to her fellow high school students and in turn they become her protégées. Her stepfather, Rob (Martin Cummins), runs SLAM FM, Seattle’s hottest FM radio station. When he finds out that Tara is Radio Rebel while listening to one of her podcasts at the request of DJ Cami Q (Mercedes de la Zerda), he decides to let Tara fill in for the open DJ slot at SLAM FM.
Kung Fu Panda 2, 1h27
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Kung fu, Action, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Kung fu films, Wuxia films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Panda
Actors Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu
Roles Script Consultant
Rating72% 3.6470353.6470353.6470353.6470353.647035
An opening prologue set years before the events of the first film tells that Lord Shen, the scion of a peacock clan that rules Gongmen City in ancient China, seeks to harness fireworks as a weapon. After discovering from the court's goat Soothsayer that "a warrior of black-and-white" will defeat him if he does not change his ways, Shen leads an army of wolves to exterminate the panda population to avert the prophecy. Shen's parents are horrified at this atrocity and exile their son, who swears revenge.
Synecdoche, New York, 2h4
Directed by Charlie Kaufman, Uwe Boll
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre
Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson
Rating75% 3.750543.750543.750543.750543.75054
Theater director Caden Cotard finds his life unraveling. Suffering from numerous physical ailments and growing increasingly alienated from his wife, Adele, an artist, he hits bottom when Adele leaves him for a new life in Berlin, taking their four-year-old daughter, Olive, with her.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 1h48
Directed by Michel Gondry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about altered memories, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about marriage
Actors Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
Roles Story
Rating81% 4.054624.054624.054624.054624.05462
The emotionally withdrawn Joel Barish and the unrestrained free-spirit Clementine Kruczynski begin a relationship on a Long Island Rail Road train from Montauk, New York. They are almost immediately drawn to each other despite their radically different personalities.
Team America: World Police, 1h38
Directed by Trey Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Kristen Miller, Trey Parker, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Matt Stone, Phil Hendrie
Roles Writer
Rating71% 3.597493.597493.597493.597493.59749
Team America: World Police, a paramilitary anti-terrorism force, has a home base located inside Mount Rushmore. The team comprises Lisa, a psychologist; Carson, her love interest; Sarah, an alleged psychic; Joe, a jock who is in love with Sarah; and Chris, a martial arts expert who harbors a deep mistrust of actors. The team is led by Spottswoode and a supercomputer named I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E.. Having tracked down a group of terrorists in Paris, France, the team inadvertently destroys the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre during a huge gun battle, causing more destruction than the terrorists could have ever dreamed of. The team, however, regard this as a success. Carson proposes to Lisa, but a surviving terrorist guns him down. As a replacement, Spottswoode recruits Gary Johnston, a Broadway actor with college majors in Theater and World Languages. Unbeknownst to the team, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is supplying international terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 1h53
Directed by George Clooney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Spy, Crime, Romance
Themes Spy films, Films about television, Political films
Actors Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Rating69% 3.4981553.4981553.4981553.4981553.498155
Tired of being rejected by the beautiful women he lusts after, Chuck Barris (Rockwell) moves to Manhattan to become an NBC page with dreams of becoming famous in television but is eventually fired. He moves back to Philadelphia and becomes Dick Clark's personal assistant on American Bandstand in 1961. He writes the successful song "Palisades Park" and becomes romantically involved with a woman named Penny Pacino (Barrymore). Chuck is given permission to pitch the concept for The Dating Game at the American Broadcasting Company (ABC); he receives $7,500 to create a television pilot for the studio. However, ABC abandons The Dating Game in favor of Hootenanny.
Adaptation., 1h54
Directed by Spike Jonze
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Films about writers, Mise en scène d'un scénariste
Actors Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox
Rating76% 3.847983.847983.847983.847983.84798
The self-loathing Charlie Kaufman is hired to write the screenplay for The Orchid Thief. Kaufman is going through depression and is not happy that his twin brother Donald has moved into his house and is mooching from him. Donald decides to become a screenwriter like Charlie and attends one of Robert McKee's famous seminars.