I don't even know how to start reviewing SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, the new film from writer (ETERNAL SUNSHINE, ADAPTATION) and first-time director Charles Kaufman. I've been looking for a way in to this review since seeing the film two evenings ago. Here's the best I can come up with: what WAITING FOR GODOT is to Theatre-Of-The-Absurd, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is to Film-of-the-Absurd. Both projects are brilliant, yet also maddeningly difficult to fathom at times. GODOT, … more
Charlie Kaufmann proved in every movie he has written to this point that he can do a drum stick riff on the heads of an unsuspecting audience and have them love it. In this film, he was interested in tapping the noggins of people who have high expectations for themselves as artists. You could say that everyone makes artistic judgments now and that would be true. However, if you have ever written, directed or acted in a play, you know the fear of creating something … more
Ultimately, paranoia got the better of the famous 20th-century philosopher Kurt Gödel (1906-1978): He starved himself to death. Gödel once said: "Don't collect data. If you know everything about yourself, you know everything. There is no use burdening yourself with a lot of data. Once you understand yourself, you understand human nature and then the rest follows." In Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York," lead character Caden Cotard is starved for attention and seeking ever … more
Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut.
The film premiered in competition at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the United States distribution rights, paying no money but agreeing to give the film's backers a portion of the revenues. It had a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 24, 2008.
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 stands for the whole.