With 'Greenberg,' I wanted to make a movie about Los Angeles... my great love for it and also the way that I felt not at home and alienated there.

Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

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I feel a real connection to Brooklyn, certainly, because I spent 20 years of my life there, but I don't think of myself as a Brooklyn artist any more than I think of myself as a male artist.

I try to procrastinate, if I can, productively, like I'll work on something else as procrastination. Or I take a walk. Because often I find, if you get out, more things come to you.

I think if we taped a lot of families that claim to be relatively normal, you'd be surprised when you hear some of the things said.

That's the nice thing about collaborating with someone: Your work becomes a conversation.

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

It's nice being friends over a period of time with people whose music you like so much, or other filmmakers, seeing people change, go through trials.

I'm sure I've said some pretty bad pick-up lines.

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.

I kind of live like a writer. I get up and I write. I've done that my whole life.

I'm interested in music as an extension of character.

I like shooting in New York because I have such a connection to the city. I have so many memories there.

I find a lot of writing happens when you're not actually at the computer. So I carry a notebook.

I guess I'm interested in people who are very sophisticated in intellectual ways, while being completely off the mark in emotional ones, with these huge blind spots in terms of their own behavior.

Friends of friends had bands in college or in their early 20s and had a moment where they had some kind of interest from a record label or manager. It's always interesting how people handle those decisions and those moments.