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Modern Love

25 Jul

Ross and I had a moment to talk together last night without a five year old loudly interrupting. It was past my bedtime, but it felt so good to be talking to him without children running about or needing anything, so I stayed up. He was looking at some random link about David Bowie’s art collection. He wasn’t too impressed, and mentioned something about a bunch of “modern” stuff. I then made the necessary joke asking “anything titled, ‘Modern Love?'” and he sort of laughed and said “No”. Next thing I know, he’s pulling up this old clip:

 

Does it remind you of this?

Is this “Frances Ha” montage a reference or a homage to Carax? A lazy attempt at a homage? A rip-off? Appropriation?

We discussed these things. I do love watching the “Mauvais Sang” montage a lot more than the short “Frances Ha” one. Denis Lavant is alluring and weird, and so wild. And he’s really doing all that running and cavorting; there’s only one cut in there. That’s about how deep my film analysis goes. Ross had more interesting thoughts on the matter.

Frances Ha, the movie

13 Jun

“Frances Ha” is a fun film y’all.

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The husband and I saw this movie tonight, written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig and starring Greta Gerwig. There’s been a string of films we’ve seen lately that have not been my favorites such as, “Cosmopolis”, “The Master”, and “Anna Karenina”, but I have to say that this was a good one. Frances is in her late twenties and looking for some self-definition. Gerwig plays her character with a healthy lack of irony. She’s kinda dorky but we love her nonetheless.

While this is a modern film about modern life in NYC, we are watching the film in black and white which automatically gives it a vintage feel.  The look of this black and white is not a rich one either, but a thin dilution which I quite enjoyed. I am not sure if it was the projection, or the way it was filmed, but it looked great. This film captures the spirit of being young in New York City without focusing too much on the particulars of being a New Yorker. You can enjoy this film even if you don’t know about life in the Big Apple. I find this nice, because so many films based in NYC seem to be insular to living there and knowing about what that’s like.

There are many George Delerue musical pieces through out the film which give it a lovely, light-hearted  feel. My husband tells me that these musical compositions, along with some of the shots that accompany them, are a nod to Truffaut’s  “Jules et Jim”. Delerue composed music for many French new wave films and these compositions are a great addition to this modern film.

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