Born in Chicago, IL, writer/director Philip Kaufman makes accessible American art films and stays out of the Los Angeles area, preferring the home base of San Francisco, working with his wife, Rose, and his son Peter. After studying at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, he taught English in Europe and began work on a novel. He got into filmmaking in the ‘60s after traveling to California to meet his literary mentor, Henry Miller. His first two films were satirical comedies: Goldstein, co-directed by Benjamin Manaster, and Fearless Frank, starring a young Jon Voight. During the ’70s he reworked several great American genres with the Western The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, the whaling adventure The White Dawn, the sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the coming-of-age drama The Wanderers. During this time, he also received writing credits for the highly successful films The Outlaw Josey Wales and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the ’80s, he turned to literary… read more
I didn't like Kaufman's Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, he completely missed the point of the Unbearable Lightness book and my impression of Miller is clearly not the same as his. Kaufman must be my least favorite director of all time?
Anaïs Nin has got the talent to awaken you in a unique, elegant way. Kaufmans film about her intense affair with Henry, their passion for writing and their obsession with June is showing the artistic world of the 30s from a poetic, forbidden and vivacious prospective. The touch of old typewriters, the poetic language of the characters, flamenco-scenes, her seductive eyes... a stunning performance, great cinema!