I always viewed life as material for a movie.

Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

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I'm always interested in how people, myself included, have ideas of themselves, of how they thought they would be, or of how they want to be seen. And the older you get, the world keeps telling you different things about yourself. And how people either adjust to those things and let go of adolescent notions. Or they dig in deeper.

A film set becomes its own family anyway, and all family dynamics come out during a shoot. The trick is hiring people who know how to handle that.

I still carry the residue of the pressure I felt as a child to read and appreciate the right books. Growing up, I never allowed myself to read beach reading. I was always plowing through Ford Madox Ford's 'Good Solider' or something I wasn't equipped to understand.

It's going to start really interfering with your quality of life, your health, if you don't adjust to life as it's happening to you.

There's something really vulnerable about playing something that you like for someone. You don't know what their reaction will be.

There are the people who overthink making mix CDs and playlists, and how that works generationally is all really interesting to me.

Being funny, in some ways, is about being connected to psychology.

I read all the time. Sometimes I get asked if I've thought about writing a novel.

There is an isolated experience to being a director. It's very communal because there's a crew, but it's only you. You're the one on the hook.

I think I've always been drawn to the notion of talk as cinematic.

You can be aware that something is idiosyncratic, and give it to a character, but keep doing it.

I wouldn't say 'Frances Ha' is autobiographical, but it's definitely very personal.

Being articulate, my parents could make anything sound reasonable.

Wes Anderson's films, 6-year-olds are crazy about them.