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In honor of Philip’s passing, here is an introduction to one of his lesser known but brilliant roles. I found Synecdoche frustrating and confusing and complex and layered and rewarding to watch.
Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was Kaufman’s directorial debut.
The plot follows an ailing theater director (Hoffman) as he works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to realism begins to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality.The film’s title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set, and the concept of Synecdoche, wherein a part of something represents the whole, or vice versa.

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