Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? reminded me a lot of Kaufman’s style..
Even though the plot was straight & not surreal enough, it still has the basic themes that Kaufman usually explores.
So, let me get this straight, Genesis. As you see it, Albee’s 1966 film reminds you of Kaufman’s style except for a “straight” plot (implying that Kaufman’s are “crooked”) and an absence of the surrealism that marks Kaufman’s undertakings. By this logic couldn’t I just as viably say that “Gone with the Wind” reminds me a lot of Kaufman’s films. It’s straight and definitely not surreal.
Should not this be “Kaufman’s style is reminiscent of…” and then list possible sources of influence?
Masturbation porn is the only thing that comes to mind
What’s the difference between masturbation porn and regular porn, den?
You dont want to know
“Masturbation porn is the only thing that comes to mind.”
Then again; he has made nothing even nearly as interesting as Richard Kern’s My Nightmare… making me believe that Masturbation porn has more potential.
did i mention “absence of surrealism”?? I said “not surreal enough”.
WAF of Virginia Woolf? is definitely a straight film, but it has hints of surrealism…
The surrealism here is not entirely out of the world extraordinary but a mere escapism for the obscure characters.
the type that would remind of Kaufman is a solo act from an unattractive person that would cut off before any sort of payoff.
Regular porn is a joint effort often with some joy involved.
Immediately check out VALIS by Philip K. Dick if you want to have ADAPTATION put into a new context. Kaufman wouldn’t deny that he’s indebtet to Dick (ETERNAL SUNSHINE and JOHN MALKOVICH demonstrate this to a lesser degree or perhaps, putting it another way, to a comparable degree with different Dickian elements), but the VALIS / ADAPTATION connection is just insane. Judging from SYNECDOCHE (which I view as having less of a PKD vibe overall), the two artists share similarly debilitating obsessive anxiety disorders.
The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman – novel, THE proto post-modernist novel in fact
Stranger than Fiction – dir. Mark Forster
Six characters in search of an Author – Pirandello
oh and anything by Samuel Beckett
Thanks for the suggestions people. really appreciate it.
I have read few of PKD’s stuff.. will read the ones you mentioned, Ben.
R. Citizen, I have seen Stranger Than Fiction, love it a lot..
Also, I apologize for the misleading thread title.
Some of his ideas can definitely be traced back to Kafka, and there are elements of magical realism in a lot of his work
But most of these Kaufman has himself cited as influences.
What about Last Year at Marienbad?
Everything by Raul Ruiz.
Definitely Franz Kafka’s
The bastard child of Borges and Larry David?
Cold Souls is probably the most obvious Kaufman ripoff.
Though the film was a stinky.