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Being John Malkovich [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1999]

Release Date:05/15/2012
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    Special Features

    • Disc One - New selected-scene Audio Commentary featuring Jonze's friend and competitor the filmmaker Michel Gondry
    • Disc Two - New behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs
    • New conversation between actor John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman
    • New Interview with Jonze in which he discusses his on-set photos
    • Two films within the film: 71/2 Floor Orientation and "American Arts & Culture" Presents John Horatio Malkovich: "Dance of Despair and Disillusionment"
    • An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering, a documentary by Bangs
    • Trailer and TV spots
    • Plus: A Booklet featuring a conversation between Jonze and pop-culture critic Perkus Tooth


    Being John Malkovich
    Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of Con Air, The Killing Fields, and In The Line of Fire? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a small door that leads to the center of the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by, you guessed it, John Malkovich). Craig discovers that entering the portal allows him to become John Malkovich for a brief spell, and in time he and his beautiful but aloof co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) get the bright idea to charge admission for the privilege of spending 15 minutes inside the head of a well-known actor. Malkovich realizes that something strange is happening to him, but can do little to stop it, as strangers take over his mind for a quarter-hour at a time. Craig's wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), eventually takes a trip into Malkovich's psyche, and she soon finds herself in love with Maxine, with whom Malkovich has an affair; meanwhile, Maxine in time becomes infatuated with both Craig and Lotte, but only when they're inside Malkovich. Being John Malkovich marked the feature-length debut of director Spike Jonze, who previously made acclaimed music videos for Weezer, the Beastie Boys, and the Breeders, among others. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Cusack
      John Cusack - Craig Schwartz
    • Cameron Diaz
      Cameron Diaz - Lotte Schwartz
    • Catherine Keener
      Catherine Keener - Maxine Lund
    • John Malkovich
      John Malkovich - John Malkovich
    • Orson Bean
      Orson Bean - Dr. Lester

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