Must Watch: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York Trailer

September 17, 2008
Source: Yahoo

Synecdoche, New York Trailer

Here's something that should interest most hardcore cinephiles. The first trailer for Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut titled Synecdoche, New York has debuted on Yahoo. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director who, without going into the more complex details, decides to recreate his life as a theatrical play inside of an enormous abandoned warehouse. I've been told that this film is about Charlie Kaufman's fears put into themes and metaphors, but it's so insanely complex and confusing, that even after seeing it, I still don't exactly know what it's about. At least this trailer does a good job of introducing you to the characters and giving you a glimpse of what you'll see, but beyond that, it's up to you.

For those unaware, "synecdoche" means part for whole or vice versa, essentially meaning that he's recreated "part" of his life inside another small city nicknamed Synecdoche, New York. I saw this film at the Toronto Film Fest last week and I'm still confused. I really don't have an opinion because I'm partially baffled and partially perplexed by the film. I think with numerous repeat viewings I'll start to gain some perspective, but after seeing it once, I'm more lost than I was when I went in. Anyone planning on seeing it?

Watch the first trailer for Synecdoche, New York:

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Synecdoche, New York stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director named Caden Cotard, whose life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body’s autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.

Synecdoche, New York is both written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, who is making his directorial debut after writing such screenplays as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich. This film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and went on to play at the Toronto Film Festival as well. Sony Pictures Classics is distributing the film and will be premiering it in limited theaters starting on October 24th this fall.

This poster may not make much sense out of context from the film, but once you see it, you'll understand exactly what's going on and why it's such a brilliant design. Either way, it should make you quite curious.

Synecdoche, New York Poster

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whoa...that looks awesome. I love shit that will fuck with your head. But this takes the word complex to a new level.

buddhistwisdom7 on Sep 17, 2008


I want to see this movie. PSH was great in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"

Buttons on Sep 17, 2008


I have no words. I cannot wait to see this.

Nick O. on Sep 17, 2008


Whisky Tango Ffoxtrot

OCP on Sep 17, 2008


I second #1 and #2. Looks so very deep and complex.

Keith on Sep 18, 2008


The script was arguably the most difficult thing I've ever read in my entire life.

Jack Donaghy on Sep 18, 2008


"17 years"!? wtf? That line probably should have stayed out of the trailer, but damn if it didn't make me want to see the film.

Squiggly_P on Sep 18, 2008


After giving this trailer another closer look, I've got to say it's one of the best trailers I've seen all year. Incredibly put together and puts the entire story into perspective, which is a monumental challenge of its own.

Alex Billington on Sep 18, 2008


What song is that playing in the second half? I really like it... The trailer is quite good, and I can't decide if I want to see the film or not. I think I do though, just for the style.

Alyx on Sep 18, 2008


I think im the only one who had no idea what just happened in that trailer. What was the 17 yrs. all about? The rest of the trailer, what was that?!! Im baffled, i dont know how you guys are anticipating this... i couldnt even handle the trailer

big r on Sep 18, 2008


I think the concept behind this is brilliant. The trailer leaves me to believe it's going to be some grand meditation on art and whether or not it really advances social conciousness or if it's a self-destructive wank benefiting only the artist.

Tom Brazelton on Sep 18, 2008


weird and funny, i like it

Darrin on Sep 18, 2008


helll.. I am so confused... but I am in

Dusty on Sep 18, 2008


Does anyone know the song with the woman singing during the second part of the trailer? I've tried picking out lyrics and googling them but I haven't come up with anything.

Nicholas on Sep 18, 2008


I agree with Brazelton, although Kaufman has had the strange ability to do both.

Red Buttons on Sep 18, 2008


Definitely a must see for the art-house crowd. Hoffman rules.

Roy on Sep 18, 2008


After seeing his other films and loving them all, I can't wait to see Mr. Kaufman's directoral debut. There is always so much more to his stories, figuring it all out is half the fun. The cast looks amazing.

theotherbluth on Sep 18, 2008


all i can say is....WOW! That damn penguin has done it again!

Ray G!!!! on Sep 18, 2008


As someone who's read the screenplay, or at the very least a draft of the screenplay, I haven't been wondering whether the film would be good or now; Kaufman's already proved that. Instead, I've been wondering WHAT THE HELL IT WOULD LOOK LIKE? After viewing the trailer, I virtually picked apart every scene and compared it to its scripted counterpoint and although the film is much shorter than the script its very very true to what's on the page. Also, that 17 years line isn't a spoiler at all. You couldn't possibly spoil this film for anyone even if you went cover to cover with it. It's really something to experience as opposed to seeing.

fuelbot on Sep 18, 2008


Can't wait to see it!

Nick Sears on Sep 19, 2008


I believe the song in the trailer is by Jon Brion. The music evokes quiet themes that play earlier in the trailer which were composed by Brion.

fuelbot on Sep 20, 2008


You're not going to leave the theatre with a good feeling, more towards realistically bittersweet - and honestly, I'm all for it. I can tell you right now there will be mixed reviews for people who aren't open-minded. Seems like Charlie Kaufman likes his characters to have real depth and human faults to themselves, while also being determined to push on. Jon Brion and Philip Glass are the leaders in getting down to the very source of emotional composing. The music in this trailer(I would guess the movie) makes for half the experience. again ... I can't wait.

Nick Sears on Sep 25, 2008

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