This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
As P.T. Barnum put it, "There's a sucker born every minute."
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.
Sweet, but not surgery; very witty, but much more than merely relying on character quirks to carry it; and cutting and powerful along the way in its look at depression-era America through a charming and fun scape of family relationships and road trips, Paper Moon is a little treasure of some lovely incarnation. Capturing livelihood amidst a time of sorrow and telling a story of sweet eccentrics coming through and causing a bonafide ruckus, it's a perfectly balanced charmer by the likes of which we sadly don't see anymore.
A nifty little con game between two unlikely perfect matches, who may just even be a father and daughter team - the recently deceased mother of young Addie did get around…
Peter Bogdanovich not only evokes the look of the 1930s with the costumes, sets, and props of Paper Moon, but the feel as well; sweeping, graceful pans, stark close-ups, and plenty of low-angle shots all feel as if little Addie Pray went right on to star in a Little Rascals short once filming wrapped here. It is amazing that the decision to film in black and white is one of the least noticeable aspects of its imitation of a bygone era of film-making.
Besides being a technical marvel, what else does Paper Moon have going for it? It turns out, plenty:
One of the defining characteristics of good acting is appearing as if you're not acting at all. Tatum O'Neal…
My second movie by Peter Bogdanovich, and it's even better than the first one. Paper Moon is such a sweet movie. The main two characters are phenomenal, their chemistry is fantastic. I really like road movies and con-man movies, and this has a bit of both. The real life father and daughter, Ryan and Tatum O'Neil, play 2 characters who may or may not share that very same relationship. The casting is really great. Little Tatum O'Neil got an Oscar for her performance here, and I think it's totally deserved. This is a really charming movie, one of the best movies of 1973 for sure. Watch it if you haven't already.
So yesterday I watched Ryan O'Neal in The Driver as the nameless, unflustered, laconic man behind the wheel and it was a pretty iconic role that would be tough to top. Yet here we are today and he's playing a sneaky yet lovable conman alongside his real life daughter in a film that has nothing in common with The Driver at all (apart from the fact that both films contain a lot of, well, driving.) Paper Moon is no doubt the superior film and performance from O'Neal in my mind - a bittersweet, seriously fun ride through the great depression alongside two characters who often argue but are secretly having the time of their lives. Bogdanovich has never been a…
There is now the same time span between the release of Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon and today as there was between that film and the 1930s environment in which it was set. As we can watch a film like David Fincher’s Zodiac and nod in appreciation of his depiction of the 70s, I’m sure there were many people around during the depression years in the Dustbowl South who watched Paper Moon with a chill of recognition.
Cinematographer László Kovács’ stark black-and-white captures the bleakness of the vistas with the same verve as he did the inherent freedom of the blacktop in Easy Rider. This is truly a place where one may have to do some pretty nefarious things to survive.…
Peter Bogdanovich made a great little movie here. It seems like he's mostly an actor now, do they not let him direct anymore? Either way, Paper Moon is a very good comedy with one of the greatest child performances ever, Addie Loggins played by Tatum O'neal.
I've had this in my Netflix queue for a long time and I've had little interest to watch it even though Netflix suggested star rating was something like 4.5. A couple days ago I saw a short clip on Youtube and I was happy to see the movie was nothing like I expected it to be. It's a black and white film set during the great depression, and it certainly isn't a movie for kids.
The script is smart and the performances are great. You can't ask for much more from a film like this.
A staple that set the standard for classic American Cinéma, Tatum O'neal is unbelievably charming and that ending was perfect!
film #5 of isa's movie challenge
task #20: a movie with mostly/entirely a primary colour on the poster
this was really sweet and had some good touching moments while still striking a good balance of tone, and the 1930's setting was pulled off fantastically and almost effortlessly - it feels a lot more natural than most films set in the past that i've seen.
Paper Moon is one of those films which tells a simple, whimsical story whilst providing the audience with a great sense of fulfilment and warmth. The black and white photography grounds the film firmly in the midst of the Great Depression, a decision which also creates a bleak, contrasting overtone to a film which may otherwise have felt comic and artificial in colour. More importantly, it makes the characters feel real, and thus makes their relationships and emotions more tangible. Thanks to this and the authentic performances from Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon is far more than just a sweet, throwaway tale - it's a sweet, heartwarming tale that I'll remember fondly for a long, long time.
literally one of my favorite films of all time i adore it
I loved Bogdanovich's Last Picture Show when I saw it years ago so I've been wanting to catch up with Paper Moon ever since. But unfortunately the endless bickering on screen is neither amusing or charming. Just annoying. Yes, it has a few things going for it but ultimately I was disappointed.
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Paper Moon is set in during The Great Depression, but Peter Bogdanovich does not mean for it to be a hard- hitting, no-holds-barred examination of those times and its people. The focus is on a man and his apparent daughter, who never seem to run out of money and have an abundance of time and energy to pursue their greater desires. To be fair, Bogdanovich has etched some of the background characters as figures to be sympathetic of; the black girl Imogene who was promised a hefty four dollars a week to tag along and be the personal assistant (slave) of the showgirl/part time prostitute Trixie Delight, for example. She muses she has not seen a cent of this money,…
What I Learned:
This is going to be the exact relationship I have with my daughter
Paper Moon (8.1) 1973 Country: USA
Funny, fun and charming with a tear-inducing finish. I look forward to watching it again.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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