Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
I was not prepared for how delightful Paper Moon is. From Tatum O'Neal's oscar winning turn as little Addie to Madeline Kahn's whimsical floozy in distress to the various scams, possibly scamolas, pulled during the flick. It was all so lovely and by the time we'd reached our conclusion I felt all warm and fuzzy. Knowing I'd been on a journey with real people, doing what they felt they had to in order to survive the depressing 1930s. The film also reminded me that I'd been meaning to catch up on my Peter Bogdanovich. His Last Picture Show is effortlessly brilliant and Paper Moon is simply more of the same. I really must watch Targets.
Peter Bogdanovich wanted to make a movie with the title, "Paper Moon," after the song, and he found appropriate material in his film adaptation of the novel "Addie Pray."
I was skeptical about Tatum O'Neal at first--wasn't she just a movie star's cute daughter making a movie with her daddy? Her acting convinced me she didn't deserve the Best Supporting Actress Oscar--she deserved the Best Actress Oscar. Too bad her career amounted to so little afterwards.
Cheers to Bogdanovich/Kovacs for hitting that John Ford look amazingly well.
Mit damals zehn Jahren gewann Tatum O’Neal den Oscar als beste Nebendarstellerin und ich kann schon verstehen woran das gelegen haben muss: "Paper Moon" erzählt eine wunderbar witzige und charmante Geschichte und im Zusammenspiel mit ihrem Vater Ryan O’Neal blüht Tatum O’Neal in der Rolle der kleinen Trixie Delight in jeder Szene richtig auf und spielt jeden an die Wand.
Bogdanovich seems that much more assured in Black and White, its like a security blanket, it does much of the period signification for him. Paper Moon is essentially a father-daughter two hander, with Ryan and Tatum O'Neal scamming their way across blasted depression vistas, arguing and getting deeper into trouble. And for all of slippery Ryan's conman charms, this film belongs to Tatum O'Neal, the minute she utters her determined "I want my two hundred dollars" she owns it.
Its a featherweight confection, this man who may or may not be a father (there is an unmistakable resemblance), and surrogate daughter, doing whatever they can to survive. But it does speak to larger themes about family, and about survival. But…
Seen from today's perspective, perhaps the most remarkable thing about this slight yet pleasurable gem of a film is knowing what a huge success it was in it's time. It's nearly impossible to imagine something so simple and low-key eliciting any such enthusiasm from the general movie-going audience, let alone winning an Oscar. Less starkly revisionist than The Last Picture Show, and less intertextual than What's Up Doc, this is simply a lovingly-created (and lovely) homage to the classic Hollywood cinema that Bogdanovich clearly loves, while still maintaining a subtle revisionist edge without ever lapsing into winking postmodern pastiche.
For a film of such understated charms, it's rather remarkable how explicitly it deals with economic woes during the Depression (it…
Stunning black and white cinematography which must have majorly influenced Alexander Payne and his film NEBRASKA. Wide open spaces, a lot of poor people to rob, smoke in bed after long days on the road, listen to the radio once in while. Not bad for a film with a 9 year old girl as the protagonist.
Paper Moon is excellent at capturing the feel of an old classic film that takes place during the Great Depression. I love the choice to film in black-and-white because it just seems right for the style of movie. The marvelous thing they did in this movie was using an actual father-daughter pair, because you could feel the connection between the characters even when the events or dialogue in the film seemed to be driving them apart. I loved the 2 main characters so much, and it was nice how they were slowly growing closer and becoming more defined characters as the movie went on. It's kind of amazing how charming they can make a pair of crooks, yet you find…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…