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Hollywood's sole screenwriting auteur

By Mark Cousins   May 2004

The old joke about the starlet who was so dumb she slept with the screenwriter captures both the cynicism of Hollywood and the lowly status of its scribes. Not all screenwriters are powerless, but the exceptions have been few and far between. Ben Hecht, Robert Towne and William Goldman in their different ways had leverage beyond the norms of their profession, but none achieved the unique ?clat of the man behind one of the most talked about films of the moment, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Charlie Kaufman’s status in Hollywood is a singular one. When Premiere magazine compiled…

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