Philip Kaufman

Philip " Phil" Kaufman ( born October 23, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer.


Philip Kaufman initially attended the University of Chicago to go to Harvard Law School and then to move with his wife backpacking through Europe. The European film culture and the encounter with Anaïs Nin had a major influence on his way to the filmmakers.

Philip Kaufman 's breakthrough with the remake of the Body Snatchers (1978). In 1981, he developed together with George Lucas action to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and thus the basis for Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay.

In 1989 he got together with Jean -Claude Carrière for the film The Unbearable Lightness of Being an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

His film Henry & June of 1990, the film adaptation of the relationship between Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, was the catalyst for a reform of the U.S. movie rating system and the introduction of the MPAA ratings, especially the NC -17 rating.

Philip Kaufman and his wife, Rose (nee Fisher) a son named Peter.

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