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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
I loved this SO much
I started out watching Aparajito today, but I found it more fitting that I watched The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon back-to-back as they're really the two Bogdanovich films I've been wanting to see. And it was an absolute delight. Both films are strangely charming, the former one as a result of it's aesthetic and it's dialogue. This film has those same exact element, a simple but somehow exotic language tinted with a little southern slant and it looks just as beautiful in it's grittiness. As a bonus it has the real-life father-daughter relationship of the two main characters that work wonderfully and, as anyone who has seen this movie, the absolutely charming Tatum O'Neal. A road film that…
"Paper Moon" was released in 1973 and was directed by Peter Bogdonovich and stars the father-daughter duo of Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal. Set in The Great Depression, the film follows conman Moses Pray, who finds himself stuck with a little girl named Addie who may or may not be his daughter. He is then tasked with taking her back home to Missouri, but along the way they form an unlikely partnership.
Movies set in The Great Depression are usually depressing. This film doesn't take its setting so seriously. The chemistry between Ryan and Tatum O'Neal is arguably one of the best adult-kid partnerships in movie history. As the two characters grow onscreen together, you start to feel with them…
Ya ya, sure - Paper Moon is itsy bitsy cute and a smidgen precious...but, so what? when the filmmaking is this glorious and full of joy, I don't care. Bogdanovich pays an hommage to a cinematic style but also manages to fashion something unique and authentic. There is a handful of classic scenes that will never get old, Madeline Kahn's monologue on top of the hill alone is worth watching the film for. And Tatum, oh Tatum...forget supporting actress, "great acting for a child" - this is a legendary lead performance. She and her father created something special on that screen.
An all-around delight, this one. Watched it for the first time last night and can't wait to see it again!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…