I’m really, really looking forward to this! Synecdoche, New York is the first movie fully written AND directed by Charlie Kaufman (writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation, Human Nature and Being John Malkovich). I adore that man!
Leave it to Charlie Kaufman to come up with a title that will fuck with everyone’s head. I just found out myself how to pronounce Synecdoche and I’m going to have to say it over and over and over again to myself so that I’ll quit pronouncing it Sin-ec-dosh:
sin-eck-duh-key (emphasis on eck)
It has a great cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jennifer Jason Leigh
It’s in Limited release on October 24. I’m not sure when it goes wide.
Summary (in spoiler tags for those who don’t even want to know this much):
A theater director (Hoffman) struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
What does the title mean? I’ll put this in spoiler tags though I don’t think it’ll give anything away. It will probably only make sense after having seen the movie, but for those who are worried
American Heritage Dictionary:
“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)”
From the IMDB trivia page: “The title to this movie is a play on Schenectady, New York, where the movie takes place. Schenectady, New York has the distinction of having the ZIP code 12345.” (Edit to add: btw, Schenectady is pronounced ska-nek-tuh-dee)