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Adaptation 2002

8.1

A film written by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, about screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as he struggles to adapt a book about poaching a rare plant into a successful movie. Through Kaufman’s clever writing and Spike Jones’ unique style of directing, the film unfolds using “mise en abîme” as the viewer sees the lessons the writer in film comes across to improve his script more or less subtly influence the events he encounters as the narrative advances. Nicolas Cage’s performance is also particularly good as a highly intelligent and self-obsessed screen writer with low self-esteem.

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Details

  • Genre

    Comedy, Drama
  • Starring

    Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage
  • Directed by

    Spike Jonze
  • Written by

    Charlie Kaufman, Susan Orlean
  • Runtime

    114 minutes