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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have made frequent appearances at the New York Film Festival over the years, and in 2012 they turned up together with Frances Ha, an ebullient career high for both that led to further professional and personal collaboration (they’re partners in life and subsequently made the equally great Mistress America). The easy narrative about Gerwig’s collaborations with Baumbach is that as his co-writer and star, she lightened up his misanthropy...
“Wouldn’t this be better if I were talking about my stuff?” Dustin Hoffman asked Noah Baumbach, mostly in jest, I think, at the Tribeca Film Festival Monday night (this was part of the "Directors Series" at Tribeca Talks). It was a callback to Hoffman’s opening, where he mentioned that it took a while before he realized that “apparently, this is about your career”—a chat with writer-director Baumbach moderated by Hoffman, rather than the other...
When I first saw The Squid and the Whale, I—a child of the 1980s, a child of divorce, a city child—saw a lot I recognized. Noah Baumbach’s 2005 semi-autobiographical film chronicles the breakup of a marriage in Brooklyn in 1986, and how its two children grapple with a way of new understanding their parents. It wasn’t an identical map—what ever is?—but it hit a few notes I hadn’t really ever heard outside my own...
De Palma Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow Opens June 10 at the Angelika One can only hope Brian De Palma appreciates the black-comic irony that a movie about his life and work begins with a clip from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Salt meet wound. His Film Brat peers (Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, et al) pretty much escaped the long shadows of their influences. But De Palma and his predominantly thriller-based oeuvre are forever indebted to the Master...

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