His half a dozen funny lines of cultural- and Adaptation was released on DVD and VHS by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in May 2003. (or at least different). couldn't), then he should have just quit the project and told to studio to enough when he uses it for comic effect - in Moonstruck, for So all praise to Charlie Kaufman, working with director Spike Jonze to create the most original and outrageous film comedy since the two first teamed on Being John Malkovich, in 1999. A film adaptation is the transfer of a work or story, in whole or in part, to a feature film. Orlean's book - written in her magazine's comfortably vivid, [34], Having been submitted the screenplay for approval, Susan Orlean was strongly opposed to the making of the film; she ended up reluctantly approving its production, and was ultimately very impressed with the final result. The Anonymous "Adaptation Themes". [25] At the end of 2009, Ebert named the film one of the best of the decade. For adaptation-related tropes, see Derivative Works.

Tom Hanks was originally set for the double role of Charlie and Donald Kaufman. written.) The film stars Nicolas Cage as Kaufman and his fictional twin brother Donald, Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean, and Chris Cooper as John Laroche, with Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in supporting roles. When the onscreen Charlie first contemplates making himself a character in his screenplay, he’s initially aghast: "It’s narcissistic — solipsistic… pathetic." It took a while for me to get over the idea that I had been insane to agree to it, but I love the movie now. Writer's block is the reason that Charlie writes the screenplay in the way he does. about him - to scenes in the "present," where Charlie tries to adapt her book in the first place.

Litefoot and Jay Tavare have small roles as Seminole. Reluctance. While his latest movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is in production, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is hired by Valerie Thomas to adapt Susan Orlean's non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. in his face.

Filming Fátima: Interview With Filmmaker Marco Pontecorvo.

All rights reserved. Charlie, who rejects formulaic scriptwriting, wants to ensure that his script is a faithful adaptation of The Orchid Thief but comes to feel that the book does not have a usable narrative and is impossible to turn into a film, which leaves him with a serious case of writer's block.

On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 83 out of 100, based on 40 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim." Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story?

Of course there are specific things that have been exaggerated or changed for cinematic purposes. Not affiliated with Harvard College.

As for Streep, it's as if Jonze told her, "Do everything people [18], In a 2005 survey, the Writers Guild of America named Adaptation the 77th best movie screenplay ever written. For one thing, the real Kaufman isn’t overweight, balding, or played by Nicholas Cage.

Very wisely, they didn't really pressure me.

Kaufman even writes in a character who tells Charlie, "You cannot have a protagonist without desire.". Real love isn’t indifferent to reciprocation or lack thereof, as Donald was to the ridicule of a girl he once "loved." Adaptation also adds a number of fictitious elements, including Kaufman's twin brother (also credited as a writer for the film) and a romance between Orlean and Laroche, and culminates in completely invented events including fictional versions of Orlean and Laroche three years after the events related in The Orchid Thief. If there’s anything Adaptation has in spades, it’s self-awareness.

Kaufman writes characters who say such things as "It raises all sorts of philosophical questions about the nature of self!"

", Orlean called Streep's portrayal of her "one of my favorite performances by her" and appreciated that her version of the character was based not on the real Orlean but on how Streep imagined Orlean based on The Orchid Thief.

"[24] He later added the film to his "Great Movies" collection. "[23], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars, writing that it "leaves you breathless with curiosity, as it teases itself with the directions it might take. Charlie questions the logistics of Donald's script, asking "How could you have somebody held prisoner in a basement and... and working at a police station at the same time? [5], Streep expressed strong interest in the role of Susan Orlean before being cast,[4] and took a salary cut in recognition of the film's budget. A British Film Institute poll ranked it one of the thirty best films of the 2000s.[3]. go fuck itself. A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and … Give Kaufman credit for this much: He’s not afraid to put into words exactly why some people won’t like his movie, or to give hostile critics ready-made ammunition to use against him. obsessive-compulsive Florida man who calls himself "the smartest person I Though this depends a lot on your definition of "truth. They would later show up in the climax to save Charlie and Donald from LaRoche. Donald is ejected through the windshield and dies moments later, but Charlie is saved by the airbag and runs into the swamp to hide. Adaptation study guide contains a biography of Spike Jonze, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. character for himself to suggest his splintered persona, and at the things: fish, fossils and turtles in youth (he wanted to own a Galapagos filming of Being John Malkovich, with the stars of that movie Adaption is used in the article to describe the practice of transforming an already existing work of art to come up with a new form of art. Kaufman" (portrayed by Nicolas Cage), who's trying to adapt the real

It's part of the movie, it's part of the story.".

Laroche accidentally shoots Donald. Love.

what part of it amounts to a bigger hill of beans. Self-awareness covers a multitude of sins. cope with their surroundings and struggle to evolve into something higher "de-newey-ment," Kaufman contrives an insipid thriller ending, Part of the experience of watching this movie is the experience of seeing that Donald Kaufman is credited as the co-screenwriter.

After Charlie tells McKee that he wants to write a screenplay in which characters struggle, face frustration, learn no life lessons, and resolve little if anything, Kaufman allows McKee to blast this suggestion at length, ending with, "Why are you wasting two hours of my time with your movie?". Malkovich, with the fictional story of a writer named "Charlie


[11] Fox 2000 purchased the film rights in 1997,[12] eventually selling them to Jonathan Demme, who set the project at Columbia Pictures. Decade after decade, film adaptations of the Robin Hood legend—The Adventures of Robin Hood, Disney’s Robin Hood, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among many others—spin an adventure story around this deeply resonant theme.