‘Marriage Story’: Noah Baumbach Deconstructs His Battle of the Sexes

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‘Marriage Story’: Noah Baumbach Deconstructs His Battle of the Sexes
Noah Baumbach has made a career of dramatic comedies inspired by facets of his own life. He’s been writing bits and pieces of “Marriage Story” for years, and spent many hours discussing it with his go-to leading man Adam Driver. While they were in post on “The Meyerowitz Stories,” Baumbach decided he was ready to fulfill two goals: To make “Marriage Story,” and to end a movie with Driver singing “Being Alive” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

“I’d heard him sing,” he told me. “It’s good because it’s human. I wanted the song to have the same function songs do in musicals: the character arrives at another place by the end of the song. It’s story and character. This material offered many hidden and not so hidden genres in it: comedy, horror, thriller, court procedural, love story, musical.”

Baumbach crafted his most accessible and poignant
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