Synecdoche, New York marked the directorial debut of iconoclastic, cerebral screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Caden Cotard, an eccentric playwright who lives with artist Adele Lack (Catherine Keener) and their daughter Olive in Schenectady, upstate New York. Prone to neuroses, misgivings and enormous self-doubt, Caden also begins suffering from accelerated physical deterioration - from blood in his stools to disfigured skin. Upon receiving a prestigious MacArthur grant, Caden decides to use the money to concoct one gigantic play as an analogue of his own life; he builds massive sets amid a New York City warehouse, casts others as his friends, family and acquaintances, and casts others to play the ones he's casting. After Adele whisks Olive off to Europe but demonstrates no sign of returning soon, Caden drifts into a series of relationships with lovers - first with box office employee Hazel (Samantha Morton), who purchases and moves into a house that is perpetually on fire; then with Tammy (Emily Watson), an actress assigned to play Hazel in the theatrical project; and subsequently with others. Unfortunately, the play itself grows so big and unwieldy - and rehearsals go on for so long, taking literally decades - that it becomes unclear if the production itself will ever launch. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
From the writer of Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's town deteriorating reality.
Theatrical producers and directors
-- United States
Warehouses -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Actresses -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Fathers and daughters -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Culver City, California :Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,2009
Kaufman, Charlie, 1958- film producer, screenwriter, film director.
Jonze, Spike, film producer.
Kimmel, Sidney, film producer.
Hoffman, Philip Seymour, 1967-2014, actor.
Morton, Samantha, actor.
Williams, Michelle, 1980- actor.
Keener, Catherine, actor.
Watson, Emily, 1967- actor.
Wiest, Dianne, actor.
Leigh, Jennifer Jason, 1962- actor.
Davis, Hope, 1967- actor.
Noonan, Tom, actor.
Brion, Jon, composer.
Sony Pictures Classics (Firm), presenter.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Firm), presenter.
Likely Story (Firm), production company.
Projective Testing Service (Firm), production company.
Russia, Inc. (Firm), production company.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan.
Director of photography, Frederick Elmes ; editor, Robert Frazen ; music, Jon Brion.
MPAA rating: R; for language and some sexual content/nudity.
In English; with optional English subtitles; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Orginally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Special features: In and around Synecdoche, New York; The story of Caden Cotard: in conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman; Infectious diseases in cattle: bloggers' roundtable; screen animations; NFTS/Script Factory masterclass with Charlie Kaufman.
Blu-ray Disc; all regions; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; 1080p high definition; Dolby TrueHD 5.1; requires Blu-ray Disc player.
1 videodisc (approximately 124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.