Dec 03, 1999 · Directed by Spike Jonze. With John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich. A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
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Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, both making their feature film debut. The film stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich as a satirical version of himself.
Kaufman is a one-of-kind writer and Being John Malkovich alone is testament to his warped and offbeat imagination. It's darkly humorous and genuinely unique in its inventiveness but moreover, it...
While too many movies suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film.
Oct 29, 2019 · Being John Malkovich is a dense piece of work, as if Kaufman needed his own Malkovichian vessel to serve as a clearing house for ideas that built up over 15 years in the screenwriting wilderness....
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Charlie Kaufman, the writer of "Being John Malkovich," supplies a stream of dazzling inventions, twists and wicked paradoxes. And the director, Spike Jonze, doesn't pounce on each one like fresh prey, but unveils it slyly, as if there's more where that came from.
Schwartz, while filing paperwork, discovers a portal behind a filing cabinet, and when he enters it, finds himself in the mind of actor John Horatio Malkovich (John Gavin Malkovich), able to observe and sense whatever Malkovich does for fifteen minutes before he is ejected and dropped into a ditch adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike.
- CHARLIE KAUFMAN COMBINED TWO IDEAS TO WRITE THE SCRIPT. Kaufman wrote the script in 1994, after his time writing for Chris Elliott’s Fox sitcom Get a Life.
- KAUFMAN SAYS JOHN MALKOVICH WAS THE ONLY CHOICE TO PLAY THE TITLE ACTOR. “That’s what I thought was funny,” Kaufman told Vulture. “It wouldn’t have worked, in my mind, with anyone else.”
- FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA HELPED GET THE SCRIPT TO MALKOVICH. Francis Ford Coppola—who is Jonze’s former father-in-law (Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married from 1999 to 2003)—called Malkovich on Jonze’s behalf.
- NEW LINE CINEMA WANTED A DIFFERENT ACTOR. The studio dropped the project the day after chairman Robert Shaye asked the producers of the film—which included R.E.M.
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