I really like my first movie a lot, 'Kicking and Screaming.' I think it's a - I'm very pleased and proud of that movie, but it wasn't the - it wasn't 'Citizen Kane' right out of the box, you know? It wasn't 'Sex, Lies and Videotape.'

Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

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There's always some generational-guys-hanging-out movie that is made every few years, I think, and some of them are great.

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 think all my movies are about transitions to some degree.

I watch movies all the time, so it's hard to pick certain specific directors that have inspired me in the aggregate.

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

Defining yourself by your taste is easier than defining yourself by any genuine stance on something.

We expect forty-year-olds to have grown up at some point, and to be engaged and adult and take responsibility, and doing nothing would seem to go against that.

We all have these notions of cool that come about at different points in our lives, and it's interesting in how it evolves or doesn't evolve in different people.

Anyone who's putting money into your movie would always rather you cast well-known people.

There was a telemarketing job one summer in high school that I was rejected for. I still walk by the building that I actually had the interview in. It's still in New York, and I always think about that job and why I didn't get it.

I like to try to shoot in the city in a way that allows the city to go about its business while we're shooting, and that's always a challenge because, unfortunately, people on the street don't know not to look in the camera or interact with the actors.

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'm curious how people build up the codes that they live their life by, and how they come to think that that's the best way for them to function.

It's funny, I'm very analytical in my real life, but in terms of my films, I try to not analyze them at all and let things just go into them and let them be what they are. I mean, people ask me to this day what 'The Squid and the Whale' stood for, and I have no idea except that it's an exhibit in the Natural History Museum.