Irish Film Institute -BEING JOHN MALKOVICH


Director: Spike Jonze

112 minutes, U.S.A., 1999, Comedy/Drama/Fantasy

A screenplay by Charlie Kaufman directed by Spike Jonze was bound to yield something fantastically nutty. This glimpse at what might be the life of John Malkovich, as revealed through John Cusack’s failed puppeteer, keeps the viewers on their toes as they try to figure out just who is mocking whom. The genius of the film is that amidst the hilarity, in-jokes and situations that become more and more absurd, there’s also a pertinent examination of identity, celebrity and of who actually controls our actions.

This film is being screened as part of Essential Cinema:The 1990s and will be introduced by IADT lecturer, Tom Kennedy.

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