Interiors – Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich relies heavily on oddities, but the audience is provided with its first instance of absurdity with the “half floor.” Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is an unsuccessful puppeteer in need of a job. In his search for work, he comes across an ad for a “short statured file clerk.” The ad states that the offices are located on 610 11th Ave. in New York, New York 10012 in the Mertin Flemmer Building. Craig arrives for an interview and soon discovers that the office he’s visiting is on the 7 1/2th floor. This occurs precisely at the 7:30 mark in the film.

Excerpted from Interiors Volume 23. Find out more about the journal at their site here.

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X Marks the Spot: Occupy’s Architecture

Before it was Zuccotti Park, it was Liberty Plaza Park. The old name reflected the realities of Manhattan real estate, binding the park by association to the building that stands just north of it: One Liberty Plaza, a 54-story tower that necessitated the park’s very existence. The Park formerly known as Liberty Plaza, surfaced in granite and shaded by honey locusts, was a result of New York’s idiosyncratic zoning laws, in particular a provision dating to 1961.


  INTRODUCTION by Charlie Kaufman (From the Being John Malkovich script book.) They asked me to write an introduction to this screenplay. I told them I…