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2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.

1986, Paramount, 108 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson star in Nora Ephron’s thinly veiled autobiographical look at the disintegration of her marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. New York Magazine food columnist Rachel (Streep) thinks she has the perfect marriage to fellow writer Mark (Nicholson), until she discovers in the midst of her second pregnancy that he is having an affair. With Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton, Stockard Channing, Catherine O’Hara and Milos Forman.

1983, Disney, 131 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Nora Ephron based this gripping drama on the life of Oklahoma nuclear plant worker Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), who blew the whistle on the dangerous practices at the Kerr-McGee plant and then died in a suspicious car accident. With Kurt Russell and Cher.

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