Not exactly a catchy title, is it? But then Charlie Kaufman was never really one for snappy names. Having written the screenplays to Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, they were all epic in length, but at least everyone knew what all the words meant.
But for his directorial debut, Kaufman has gone all out on finding a word that is both very difficult to pronounce, but most people won’t have ever heard of it before, and therefore won’t know what it means. But we’re here to help.
Synecdoche (pronounced si-nek-duh-kee): A figure of speech in which a part is used to designate the whole or the whole is used to designate a part. Like when people say “Come and see my new set of wheels”, they’re not saying just look at the wheels, but they’re referring to the whole car (unless they did get a new set of wheels on an old car, in which case this is a bad example).
Despite this initial hurdle, Kaufman has garnered quite an impressive cast list to pull in the punters; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Watson and Dianne Wiest should all find their names on the upcoming poster. And the story itself sounds typically weird/intriguing, with Hoffman playing a theatre director who is building a to-scale version of New York for his new play, but begins to have a nervous breakdown when the new actor playing him in the play begins to introduce him to dopplegangers of people already in his life.
The only thing left to see now is whether he can match the pedigree of those who have directed his screenplays before him. But with them being George Clooney, Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry, he may have set the bar just a smidgen too high.