Philip Kaufman

Screenwriter, Director, Teacher
A Chicago-born maverick director who has tackled a wide range of projects with consistent intelligence and style, Philip Kaufman shared the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes for his first feature "Goldstein" ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Quills 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The White Dawn 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Fearless Frank 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Goldstein 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Director
Writer (11)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fearless Frank 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goldstein 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

China: The Wild East 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fearless Frank 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Goldstein 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Algren 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

China: The Wild East 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Biography

A Chicago-born maverick director who has tackled a wide range of projects with consistent intelligence and style, Philip Kaufman shared the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes for his first feature "Goldstein" (1964). Based on Kaufman's unfinished novel and co-written and co-directed with Benjamin Manaster, "Goldstein" was loosely based on a Hassidic tale about a old man who mysteriously emerges from Lake Michigan and alters the lives of three Chicagoans and introduced the recurrent theme of hero-worship found in many of the director's subsequent efforts. Despite receiving critical acclaim at Cannes, the film was virtually overlooked when it debuted in the USA.

Relationships

Rose Kaufman

Wife
Met while attending the University of Chicago worked with husband on "The Wanderers" (1979) and "Henry & June" (1990) died December 2009 from cancer

Peter Kaufman

Son
born c. 1959 mother, Rose Kaufman produced "Henry & June" (1990), "Rising Sun" (1993) and "Quills" (2000) made documentary "China: The Wild East" (1995)

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1958

Harvard Law School

Cambridge , Massachusetts
attended for one year

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois
graduate studies

Milestones

2000

Returned to the director's chair to helm "Quills", a film based on Doug Wright's stage play about the Marquis de Sade

1995

Executive produced and narrated "China: The Wild East", a documentary directed by his son Peter

1993

Helmed the film adaptation of Michael Crichton's controversial novel "Rising Sun"; also co-scripted with Crichton

1990

His "Henry & June" became the first film to receive the new MPAA classification NC-17 over its sexual content; film, which was a box-office failure, traced the relationship of authors Henry Miller and Anais Nin

1988

Received Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with Jean-Claude Carriere) the screenplay adaptation of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"; also directed

1980

Made what is considered his best film, "The Right Stuff", based on Tom Wolfe's book about the US space program; although a box-office disappointment, film earned eight Oscar nominations, including one as Best Picture

1979

First feature co-written with wife, Rose Fisher Kaufman, "The Wanderers", adapted from Richard Price's novel

1977

Moved to San Francisco

1975

Was fired from "The Outlaw Josey Wales" by star Clint Eastwood, who took over the directorial reins; retained screenwriter credit

1974

Directed "The White Dawn", a whaling adventure set in the 19th Century, greatly helped by the expert cinematography of Michael Chapman

1972

First film for Universal, "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid", about the James and Younger brothers

1968

Moved to Hollywood; put under contract to Universal Studios

1964

Co-wrote and co-directed with Benjamin Manaster, his first feature based on his yet unfinished novel, "Goldstein"

1964

Directed Jon Voight in his screen debut in "Fearless Frank"; also produced and scripted

1962

Met Anais Nin at the University of Chicago

1962

Returned to Chicago

1961

Relocated family to Europe; tried to finish the novel and taught English in Greece and math in Florence

1960

Moved family to California; supported them with odd jobs while trying to complete a novel

Developed original story for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with George Lucas

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois

Spent one year in Israel working on a kibbutz

Bonus Trivia

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Kaufman met Anais Nin while she was promoting the films of Hugh Guiler, her husband, then known as Ian Hugo. After hearing Kaufman's idea for a screenplay he was considering, she encouraged him to follow through with his filmmaking.

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The film, "Fearless Frank," was shot in 1964, reviewed by Variety in 1964 because of its presence in the Cannes Film Festival of that year, but was not released in the USA until 1969.

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On working with stars, Kaufman told The Observer (January 14, 2001): "There is a certain spoilt quality about them. They get used to living like millionaires and acting like millionaires, and there is often a lot of bad behaviour associated with money."

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