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Synecdoche, New York (2008)


Comedy, Drama |

Synecdoche, New York is a American postmodern comedy-drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman in his directorial debut. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The plot follows an ailing theater director as he works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to realism begins to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality. The film’s title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set, and the concept of synecdoche, wherein a part of something represents the whole, or vice versa.

Theater director Caden Cotard finds his life unraveling. He suffers from numerous physical ailments and has been growing increasingly alienated from his wife, Adele, an artist. He hits rock bottom when Adele leaves him for a new life in Berlin, taking their four-year-old daughter Olive with her.

After the success of his production of Death of a Salesman, Caden unexpectedly receives a MacArthur Fellowship, which gives him the financial means to pursue his artistic interests. He is determined to use it to create an artistic piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can pour his whole self. Gathering an ensemble cast into an enormous warehouse in Manhattan’s Theater District, he directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing them to live out their constructed lives. As the mockup inside the warehouse grows increasingly mimetic of the city outside, Caden continues to look for solutions to his personal crises.

Director: Charlie Kaufman

Writer: Charlie Kaufman

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh


Philip Seymour HoffmanCaden Cotard
Catherine KeenerAdele Lack
Sadie GoldsteinOlive (4 years old)
Tom NoonanSammy Barnathan
Peter FriedmanEmergency Room Doctor
Charles TechmanLike Clockwork Patient
Josh PaisOphthalmologist
Daniel LondonTom
Robert SeayDavid
Michelle WilliamsClaire Keen
Stephen Adly GuirgisDavis
Samantha MortonHazel
Hope DavisMadeleine Gravis
Frank GirardeauPlumber
Jennifer Jason LeighMaria
Amy WrightBurning House Realtor
Paul SparksDerek
Jerry AdlerCaden’s Father
Lynn CohenCaden’s Mother
Deirdre O’ConnellEllen’s Mother
Kat PetersEllen (10 years old)
John RothmanDentist
Amanda R. PhillipsEmergency Room Nurse (as Amanda Fulks)
Frank WoodEvaluative Services Doctor
Deanna StoreyJazz Singer
Elizabeth MarvelWarehouse Realtor
Laura OdehToystore Clerk
Mark LotitoMinister
Daisy TahanAriel
Erica FaeGerman Woman (as Erica Berg)
Raymond Angelic Sr.German Doctor
Cliff CarpenterOld Man
Timothy DoyleMichael
Amy SpangerSoap Actress Nurse
Nick WymanSoap Actor Doctor
PortiaTherapy Patient Actress
Dan ZiskieLeg Tremor Doctor
Chris McGinnLady at Caden’s Mom’s
Robin WeigertAdult Olive
Gerald EmerickMan in Line
Alvin EpsteinMan with Nose Bleed
Rosemary MurphyFrances
Emily WatsonTammy
Tim GuineeNeedleman Actor
Kristen BushActress Playing Claire
Greg McFaddenActor Playing Needleman Actor
Barbara HaasWarehouse Actress
William RyallJimmy
Dianne WiestEllen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
Joe LisiMaurice
Alice DrummondActress Playing Frances
Michael HigginsActor Playing Man with Nose Bleed
Stanley KrajewskiActor as Caden
Tom GreerMedic
Christopher Evan WelchPastor
Michael MedeirosEric
Tee BrennanActor
David CollihanSign Painter
Brie EleyWarehouse Actor
Alan GaryFirst Burlesque Patron
Don GomezActor Playing ‘Davis’ in Play
Brigitte HagermanClaire Keen’s Sister
Scott HatfieldPsychiatrist Actor
Takako HaywoodGirl in TV Commercial
Kyle KnaufWarehouse Worker
Amelia MartinActress as Tammy as Hazel
Rebecca MerleUpstate Theater Attendee
Brenna PalughiActress as Claire
Sal RinellaArt Gallery Patron
Tomasz SmolarskiGerman Patron
Misha ZubarevGerman patron

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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