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Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

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Wes Anderson grew up in Houston, and he and I talk about Manhattan in similar ways, as a kind of fantasy world.

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

As a kid, I thought of myself as a funny person who secretly wanted to be serious, but now I think maybe I'm a serious person who secretly wants to be funny.

'Frances Ha' is the closest final product to what I had in my head of any movie I've made. I'm not entirely even sure why that is.

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.

Woody Allen's movies are so much a part of me. I grew up watching them over and over and would read all his comic pieces for the New Yorker. In some ways, his influence is so much there that I can't even locate it any more.

It's always really special to be at the New York Film Festival, and always a real privilege.

It's near impossible to make a movie in black and white in the system.

I've had great experiences or joyful experiences making a movie that people found very disturbing.

I'm a huge proponent of therapy and analysis, but it's something that, in a nonprofessional way, can be abused.

'The Squid and the Whale' I shot in 23 days. I would have loved more time for it at the time, but in some ways that kind of kamikaze way of shooting was right for that movie.

When you find yourself on the Internet when you're supposed to be writing, you've already lost. It's even beyond procrastination when you end up on the Internet.

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.

My dad was a great movie companion. He wouldn't diminish 'The Jerk.' If I liked it, he liked it. He could see it through my eyes.