Kaufman’s Conundrums & Paradoxes

Trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, NY. Looks difficult, obtuse, uncompromising, uncomfortable of genre = perfect directorial debut from Academy award-laden screenwriter?



Synecdoche is:

  • a term denoting a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing, or
  • a term denoting a thing (a “whole”) is used to refer to part of it, or
  • a term denoting a specific class of thing is used to refer to a larger, more general class, or
  • a term denoting a general class of thing is used to refer to a smaller, more specific class, or
  • a term denoting a material is used to refer to an object composed of that material.

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