When the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently organized a series of iconic movies set in this outer borough, it was no surprise that writer-director Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” featured prominently among them. Released in 2005, but set in the pre-gentrification, pre-”Girls” 1980s, the semi-autobiographical portrait of two brothers coping with their parents’ divorce was shot on the same Park Slope streets where the 43-year-old filmmaker grew up.
(From the pages of the April 23 issue of Variety.)
The film is so lovingly rendered that even a non-native could understand one character’s apoplectic reaction to the news that his father would be moving to the other side of Prospect Park: “Across the park? Is that still Brooklyn?”
Indeed, there may be no more quintessentially New York filmmaker of Generation Y than Baumbach.
- Scott Foundas
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