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Synecdoche: n. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword). -- American Heritage Dictionary
Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for Synecdoche, New York, which marks the directorial debut of the great Charlie Kaufman (off a script he also wrote) who's mind and pen have given us some of the more absurd, quirky and beautiful stories of the past decade (Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a theater director who struggles to balance all the women in his life with a new play he's directing -- a play, mind you, that's utilizing a giant, life-size replica of New York City built inside a warehouse.
Knowing Kaufman, that all-too-brief synopsis doesn't even come close to what this film is really about. While writing in from Cannes, Cinematical's James Rocchi called Synecdoche, New York a piece of "inspired brilliance and real humanity." Needless to say, it's on my must-see list. Is it on yours?
Synecdoche, New York will arrive in theaters on October 24. Check out the trailer after the jump.