Biography

Philip Kaufman (born October 23, 1936) is an American film director and screenwriter. Although not noted for directing a large number of films, the films he has worked on have been recognized for their intelligence and independence. He is noted for directing films of eclectic subjects, ranging from realism to fantasy, and often incorporating satire or subtle humor as part of his “artistic signature.” He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Kaufman has been considered a “risk taker.” He has successfully adapted novels of widely different types – from Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Michael Crichton’s Rising Sun; from Tom Wolfe’s heroic epic The Right Stuff to the erotic writings of Anais Nin’s Henry & June. According to film historian James Welsh, his candid treatment of adult relationships in Henry & June was considered an “artistic breakthrough by an unconventional filmmaker who was willing to take a chance and put his career on the line.” His greatest success was the blockbuster film The Right Stuff, where he directed and wrote the screenplay. It earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. And his best films have always had his personal imprint, “stressing values of individualism and integrity,” and always being "clearly American."

Philip Kaufman (born October 23, 1936) is an American film director and screenwriter. Although not noted for directing a large number of films, the films he has worked on have been recognized for their intelligence and independence. He is noted for directing films of eclectic subjects, ranging from realism to fantasy, and often incorporating satire or subtle humor as part of his “artistic signature.” He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Kaufman has been considered a “risk taker.” He has successfully adapted novels of widely different types – from Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Michael Crichton’s Rising Sun; from Tom Wolfe’s heroic epic The Right Stuff to the erotic writings of Anais Nin’s Henry & June. According to film historian James Welsh, his candid treatment of adult relationships in Henry & June was considered an “artistic breakthrough by an unconventional filmmaker who was willing to take a chance and put his career on the line.” His greatest success was the blockbuster film The Right Stuff, where he directed and wrote the screenplay. It earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. And his best films have always had his personal imprint, “stressing values of individualism and integrity,” and always being "clearly American."

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1936-10-23

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

2021 Indiana Jones 5 Characters
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Characters
1993 Rising Sun Screenplay
1990 Henry & June Screenplay
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Characters
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Screenplay
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Characters
1983 The Right Stuff Screenplay
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Story
1979 The Wanderers Screenplay
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales Screenplay
1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Writer
1967 Fearless Frank Writer
1965 Goldstein Writer

Directing

2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Director
2004 Twisted Director
2000 Quills Director
1993 Rising Sun Director
1990 Henry & June Director
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Director
1983 The Right Stuff Director
1979 The Wanderers Director
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Director
1974 The White Dawn Director
1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Director
1967 Fearless Frank Director
1965 Goldstein Director

Acting

2018 Friedkin Uncut
2014 Algren

Production

1967 Fearless Frank Producer
1965 Goldstein Producer

Editing

1965 Goldstein Editor

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