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Charlie Kaufman Screenplays

Charlie Kaufman is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. His work is so uniquely his that you can tell you are reading a Kaufman script within the first page. His breakout screenplay Being John Malkovich established him as a creative force in Hollywood.

Charlie is one of the most celebrated screenwriters of his era., being nominated for four Acadamy Awards, twice for Best Original Screenplay Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (he won the Oscar® for latter). You can learn volumes about pace, structure, and dialog just by reading his screenplays.

Before you lock yourself in a room and start reading all of Charlie Kaufman’s Screenplays, take a listen to this masterclass given my Mr. Kaufman himself (for more on Charlie Kaufman, read this).

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John August, (Aladdin, Big Fish)

Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

Daniel Knauf (HBO Showrunner)



SCANNER DARKLY (1997)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Unproduced Draft) – Read the screenplay!

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

HUMAN NATURE (2001)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

ADAPTATION (2002)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (2002)

Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

**Won an Oscar® for Best Screenplay** Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008)

Screenplay by Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman – Read the screenplay!

ANOMALISA (2015)

Screenplay by Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman- Read the screenplay!


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