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December 4, 2003


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the HFA office starting Monday, December 1st, in the lower level of the Carpenter Center from 11am- 6pm. Tel: 617 496 6046 (Tickets cannot be purchased by phone)

Tickets can also be purchased at the Harvard Film Archive Box Office during screening times, 7:00-9:15 pm each night.

December 4 (Thursday) 8 pm


Directed by Spike Jonze
US, 2002, color, 104 min.
With Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing--and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (also Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the orchid poacher and the subject of Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'. Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.

A question and answer session with Susan Orlean after the screening will be moderated by Prof. J.D. Connor, Assistant of VES & English at Harvard.

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