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Being John Malkovich

Scott Repass
Film Quarterly
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Fall 2002), pp. 29-36
DOI: 10.1525/fq.2002.56.1.29
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2002.56.1.29
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Being John Malkovich
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Abstract

In Being John Malkovich, Craig Schwartz discovers a portal that allows him to "be" John Malkovich for 15 minutes, thus opening a "metaphysical can of worms." The worms discussed in this articles include identity issues raised by the characters' abilities to change bodies, the film's play on the contrast between person and public persona, and director Spike Jonze's "first person" representation of the experience of entering Malkovich. Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman also raise questions about the role of gender identity and the differences between humans and animals and animals and puppets.

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