With nine films to his name before the age of 50, Noah Baumbach has time and time again proved himself to be a zealous, original auteur and screenwriter. Beginning with the acerbic, quick-witted ode to collegiate Neverland, “Kicking and Screaming,” in 1995, Baumbach’s films have been filled with spirited individuals yearning for significance, and there aren’t many other directors who can exfoliate such emotional animation.
A co-writing collaboration with Wes Anderson on 2004’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for his own directorial effort, 2005’s “The Squid and the Whale,” not only brought an avalanche of regurgitated childhood memories onto this author’s lap, but the semi-autobiographical picture made Baumbach a household name.
In this new video essay, Fernando Andrés takes a look at Baumbach’s career, and focuses specifically on his achievements as a director in portraying human connection. With moments from the aforementioned films and others, including his most recent, “Mistress America,” starring his real-life partner Greta Gerwig, and “Margot at the Wedding” starring Nicole Kidman and former partner Jennifer Jason Leigh, it’s clear that Baumbach is one of a scant group who can balance drama and comedy.
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