The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
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.…
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…
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.
During the Great Depression young Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal) has been orphaned after her mother dies. At the funeral, Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal) one of her mother’s ex-lovers, pays his respects. Addie seems to think that he could be her father, but he insists he’s not even though they’ve “got the same jaw”. Addie now has to go live at her Aunt’s home in St Joseph, Missouri so Moze kindly offers to take her to the bus depot. On the way, he swindles the brother of the man who crashed the car which killed Addie’s mother for two hundred dollars. He then uses most of the cash to fix up his Model A convertible. When Addie finds out about this…
If cotton candy was a film, it'd be Paper Moon. Sweet, fluffy and fun, Moon is the single most heartwarming film I think I've ever seen.
Peter Bogdanovich elegantly directed this spry and funny comedy about a con man who accidentally meets up with a little girl (who may or may not be his daughter) and takes her along with him on the road to thievery.
Real-life father-daughter team Ryan and Tatum O’Neal are a perfectly matched on-screen duo. Their chemistry was revelatory; it's impossible to forget their colorful conversations, endless bickering and clever con games.
PAPER MOON is good, clean, honest fun, a terrific piece of family entertainment.
The finest Coen Brothers movie Joel and Ethan didn't make.
Favorite scene: one of a kind Madeleine Kahn's speech to a sceptical Tatum O'Neal who finally grants a tiny half-smile.
I loved this movie! The man and the little girl work great together on-screen. Very impressed and its hilarious, too.
This is storytelling and execution at its finest. 1/2 star demerit for the title font, which is the sole giveaway that this is a period recreation.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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