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Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Charlie Kaufman Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
, Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
, Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams
Charlie Kaufman

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
UPC: 0043396301634
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 2,215

Special Features

BD Live; In and Around Synecdoche, New York; The Story of Caden Cotard: In Conversation With Philip Seymour Hoffman; Infectious Diseases in Cattle: Blogger's Roundtable; Screen Animations; NFTS/Script Masterclass with Charlie Kaufman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Caden Cotard
Samantha Morton Hazel
Michelle Williams Claire Keen
Catherine Keener Adele Lack
Emily Watson Tammy
Dianne Wiest Ellen Bascomb/Millicent Weems
Jennifer Jason Leigh Maria
Hope Davis Madeleine Gravis
Tom Noonan Sammy Barnathan
Sadie Goldstein Olive (Age 4)
Robin Weigert Olive (Adult)
Daniel London Tom
Robert Seay David
Stephen Adly-Guirgis Davis
Frank Girardeau Plumber
Paul Sparks Derek
Jerry Adler Caden's Father
Lynn Cohen Caden's Mother
Peter Friedman Emergency Room Doctor
Charles Techman Like Clockwork Patient
Josh Pais Opthamologist
Amy Wright Burning House Realtor
Deirdre O'Connell Ellen's Mother
Kat Peters Ellen (10 Years Old)
John Rothman Dentist
Michael Higgins Actor

Technical Credits
Charlie Kaufman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Anthony Bregman Producer
Jon Brion Score Composer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Robert Frazen Editor
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
William Horberg Executive Producer
Spike Jonze Producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Drew Kunin Sound Mixer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Adam Stockhausen Art Director
Bruce Toll Executive Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer

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