Thursday, December 12, 2019

Quote of the Day (Filmmaker Noah Baumbach, on His Sources of Inspiration)

“I grew up in Brooklyn. At some point, walking out of a subway up to the street, to me, felt like something I wanted to put in a movie. I love the idea of rising out of the earth — something about the way the emotion and the imagery come together for me. Other times, there might be something that feels like fodder for a scene. With [‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ from 2017], I had been spending a lot of time in hospitals [his father, the novelist Jonathan Baumbach, died in March] and was thinking of a doctor going on vacation when you need them most, or the nurses switching over and you don't like the new nurse. That kind of thing can be incredibly frustrating, but it feels alive in some way, like a wire of electricity you can use to activate something else.”—Filmmaker Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), quoted in Reggie Ugwu, “A Director’s Cinematic Confessions,” The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2019

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