Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of an Original Mind

Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of an Original Mind

Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of an Original Mind

Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of an Original Mind


This revealing study looks at the influences and creative impulses that shape one of today's most progressive, thoughtful filmmakers.

• Includes more than 20 original interviews with Charlie Kaufman's producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, and film crews

• Provides a gallery of photographs from Kaufman's movies


The Modern Filmmakers series focuses on a diverse group of motion picture directors who collectively demonstrate how the filmmaking process has become the definitive art and craft of the twentieth century. As we advance into the twenty-first century we begin to examine the impact these artists have had on this influential medium.

What is a modern filmmaker? The phrase connotes a motion picture maker who is au courant—they make movies currently. The choices in this series are also varied to reflect the enormous potential of the cinema. Some of the directors make action movies, some entertain, some are on the cutting edge, others are political, some make us think, some are fantasists. The motion picture directors in this collection will range from highly commercial, mega-budget blockbuster directors, to those who toil in the independent low-budget field.

Gus Van Sant, Tim Burton, Charlie Kaufman, and Terry Gilliam are here, and so are Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg—all for many and for various reasons, but primarily because their directing skills have transitioned from the twentieth century to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Eastwood and Spielberg worked during the sixties and seventies and have grown and matured as the medium transitioned from mechanical to digital. The younger directors here may not have experienced all of those cinematic epochs themselves, but nonetheless they remained concerned with the limits of filmmaking: Charlie Kaufman disintegrates personal and narrative boundaries in the course of his scripts, for example, while Tim Burton probes the limits of technology to find the most successful way of bringing his intensely visual fantasies and nightmares to life.

The Modern Filmmakers series will celebrate modernity and postmodernism through each creator’s vision, style of storytelling, and character presentation. The directors’ personal beliefs and worldviews will be revealed through in-depth examinations of the art they have created, but brief . . .

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