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Award-winning filmmaker PHILIP KAUFMAN has previously explored the world of America's first astronauts in "The Right Stuff," the sensual and political dilemmas of 1960s Czechoslovakia in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," the erotic dalliance of Anais Nin and Henry Miller in "Henry and June" and the new global corporate reality in the thriller "Rising Sun." Now he daringly imagines the final days of The Marquis De Sade, crafting a deliciously Gothic tale of romance, chills and the triumph of free expression.

Kaufman's many honors include both Writers Guild and Directors Guild Award nominations for his adaptation of Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff," a film that went on to win four Academy Awards. He also received a Writers Guild nomination and an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay of Czech writer Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," for which he also won a BAFTA. Kaufman also received The National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director on the same film. In 1989, Kaufman was honored with the international Orson Welles Award for Best Filmmaker.

Kaufman grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Chicago. After spending a year at Harvard Law School, he returned to he University of Chicago to begin a master's degree in history. Soon after, he became enthralled with the new wave of European filmmakers and switched gears entirely into cinema.

His very first feature, the mystical comedy "Goldstein," won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. Kaufman then turned his hand to a new-style western, writing and directing "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid," starring Robert Duvall. He then directed the arctic adventure/love story "The White Dawn; and directed, and co-wrote with his wife Rose, the cult favorite "The Wanderers." In 1978, he had his first major hit with a new take on the sci-fi thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

Philip Kaufman has been equally lauded as a writer. He wrote the original screenplay for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with George Lucas, and also wrote the much-admired screenplay for Clint Eastwood's now-classic Western, "The Outlaw Josey Wales." He also co-wrote "Rising Sun," based on the Michael Crichton bestseller.


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