History Creator / CharlieKaufman

19th Aug '17 8:54:17 PM AustinCarver13
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Overwhelmingly cynical, but with occasional glimmers of optimism.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Overwhelmingly cynical, but with occasional glimmers somehow have a glimmer of optimism.optimism at his core.
19th Aug '17 1:59:15 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''How & Why'': A TV pilot Kaufman pitched to FX, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but to no avail.]] After his children's science show is canceled, Goodman Hesselman (Creator/MichealCera) tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market - also a portal to the supernatural world.

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* ''How & Why'': A TV pilot Kaufman pitched to FX, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but to no avail.]] After his children's science show is canceled, Goodman Hesselman (Creator/MichealCera) (Creator/MichaelCera) tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market - also a portal to the supernatural world.
19th Aug '17 1:58:53 PM AustinCarver13
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19th Aug '17 1:58:27 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''How & Why'': A TV pilot Kaufman pitched to FX, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but to no avail.]] After his children's science show is canceled, Goodman Hesselman (Creator/MichealCera) tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market - also a portal to the supernatural world.



* MetaFiction: Adaptation most bluntly, but also seen in Synecdoche, New York.

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* MetaFiction: Adaptation ''Adaptation'' most bluntly, but also seen in Synecdoche, ''Synecdoche, New York.York''.
19th Aug '17 1:53:49 PM AustinCarver13
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* AcclaimedFlop: Both of his directorial efforts have suffered from this.



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Most of his films suffer from this, with the exception of Sunshine.



* HeAlsoDid:
** He wrote for Franchise/NationalLampoon in his early days.
** He was initially a sitcom writer, penning scripts for Get a Life and [[Creator/DanaCarvey The Dana Carvey Show]], in addition to making spec scripts for Series/MarriedWithChildren, {{Series/Newhart}} and WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.
** The aforementioned Film/KungFuPanda2.



* ProductionPosse: Before he directed his own movies, they were almost always directed by either Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry. Tom Noonan has been in all of his directorial efforts to date and Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh has been in two of them.



* TomHanksSyndrome: His earliest work was as a comedy writer, but his films have gotten increasingly more somber over time.

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* TomHanksSyndrome: His earliest work was as a comedy writer, but his films have gotten increasingly more somber over time.SurrealHorror: Used every so often.
19th Aug '17 1:51:53 PM AustinCarver13
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** [[MeaningfulName Meaningful names, usually referencing mental illnesses and diseases.

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** [[MeaningfulName Meaningful names, names]], usually referencing mental illnesses and diseases.
19th Aug '17 1:51:18 PM AustinCarver13
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** MeaningfulNames, usually referencing mental illnesses and diseases.

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** MeaningfulNames, [[MeaningfulName Meaningful names, usually referencing mental illnesses and diseases.



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Being John Malkovich and Human Nature are the biggest offenders. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind has this too and were the original DeusExMachina in Adaptation.

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Being ''Being John Malkovich Malkovich'' and Human Nature ''Human Nature'' are the biggest offenders. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind has this too and were the original DeusExMachina in Adaptation.''Adaptation''.



* LoserProtagonist: Very few Kaufman protagonists aren’t. Hell, he even made [[Film/Adaptation himself]] one!
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Being John Malkovich and especially Sunshine deconstruct this to the extreme. They go over what happens when the novelty of such a person wears off.
* MeaningfulName: Particularly in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York and Anomolisa.

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* LoserProtagonist: Very few Kaufman protagonists aren’t. Hell, he even made [[Film/Adaptation [[{{Film/Adaptation}} himself]] one!
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Being ''Being John Malkovich Malkovich'' and especially Sunshine ''Sunshine'' deconstruct this to the extreme. They go over what happens when the novelty of such a person wears off.
* MeaningfulName: Particularly in Eternal ''Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, Mind'', ''Synecdoche, New York York'' and Anomolisa.''Anomolisa.''



** Synecdoche, New York is a combination of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenectady,_New_York Shenectady, New York]]" and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche synecdoche]]".
** Anomolisa is a combination of ‘’Anomaly’’ and Lisa’’.

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** Synecdoche, ''Synecdoche, New York York'' is a combination of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenectady,_New_York Shenectady, New York]]" and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche synecdoche]]".
** Anomolisa ''Anomolisa'' is a combination of ‘’Anomaly’’ and Lisa’’.
19th Aug '17 1:49:25 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'': The feature debut of director Creator/SpikeJonze.
* ''Film/HumanNature'': The feature debut of director Creator/MichelGondry.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anomalisa}}'': Kaufman's first animated feature, a lonely man struggles to connect with the first truly unique woman he's ever met. Co-directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
* ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'': The feature debut of director Creator/SpikeJonze.



* ''Film/HumanNature'': The feature debut of director Creator/MichelGondry.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anomalisa}}'': Kaufman's first animated feature, a lonely man struggles to connect with the first truly unique woman he's ever met. Co-directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson.

!!Tropes in Charlie Kaufman's works include:

* AcclaimedFlop: Both of his directorial efforts have suffered from this.
* AdultFear: His films concern such lovely topics like morality, loneliness, aging, identity, existentialism, an inability to connect, damaged relationships, confusion and mental illness. Some fun!
* AuthorAppeal:
** Romances where a melancholy man will fall for an extraordinary woman, but things aren’t what they initially seem.
** Copious amounts of surrealism and headache-inducing moments.
** Fictionalized facts and playing with the rules of reality.
** MeaningfulNames, usually referencing mental illnesses and diseases.
** [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkeys.]]
* BlackComedy: When his comedy isn’t [[SurrealHumor weird as hell]], it’s probably going to be this.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Most of his films suffer from this, with the exception of Sunshine.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Being John Malkovich and Human Nature are the biggest offenders. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind has this too and were the original DeusExMachina in Adaptation.
* GenreBusting
* HeAlsoDid:
** He wrote for Franchise/NationalLampoon in his early days.
** He was initially a sitcom writer, penning scripts for Get a Life and [[Creator/DanaCarvey The Dana Carvey Show]], in addition to making spec scripts for Series/MarriedWithChildren, {{Series/Newhart}} and WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.
** The aforementioned Film/KungFuPanda2.
* LoserProtagonist: Very few Kaufman protagonists aren’t. Hell, he even made [[Film/Adaptation himself]] one!
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Being John Malkovich and especially Sunshine deconstruct this to the extreme. They go over what happens when the novelty of such a person wears off.
* MeaningfulName: Particularly in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York and Anomolisa.
* MetaFiction: Adaptation most bluntly, but also seen in Synecdoche, New York.
* MindScrew: Almost goes without saying.
* {{Portmanteau}}:
** Synecdoche, New York is a combination of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenectady,_New_York Shenectady, New York]]" and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche synecdoche]]".
** Anomolisa is a combination of ‘’Anomaly’’ and Lisa’’.
* PostModernism: [[MetaFiction Metafictional elements?]] Check. {{Deconstruction}}? Of course! [[MindScrew Weirdness up the wazoo?]] You bet!
* ProductionPosse: Before he directed his own movies, they were almost always directed by either Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry. Tom Noonan has been in all of his directorial efforts to date and Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh has been in two of them.
* RedOniBlueOni: His romantic leads are this, males almost always being being blue and women usually being red.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Overwhelmingly cynical, but with occasional glimmers of optimism.
* SurrealHumor
* TomHanksSyndrome: His earliest work was as a comedy writer, but his films have gotten increasingly more somber over time.
* WidgetSeries: Usually of a dramatic variety.
* YourCheatingHeart: Used frequently often, usual for his protagonists.
16th Aug '17 10:45:51 AM Folamh3
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Outside of his original screenplays, he has worked as an [[UncreditedRole uncredited]] script doctor for screenplays such as ''Film/KungFuPanda2''. [[HeAlsoDid Yes, really.]]

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Outside of his original screenplays, he has worked as an [[UncreditedRole uncredited]] script doctor for screenplays such as ''Film/KungFuPanda2''.''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. [[HeAlsoDid Yes, really.]]
16th Aug '17 10:45:29 AM Folamh3
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* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'': Kaufman won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay for this film.

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* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'': A science fiction film about a company which can [[LaserGuidedAmnesia selectively erase their clients' memories]]. Kaufman won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay for this film.
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