Paper Moon - WOW!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Although I remember the original radio commercials
    that heralded the film's release back in the early
    70s, up until today I had never watched Paper
    Moon
    . Actually, I bought the DVD blindly, based
    on the positive feedback of the HTF membership and
    a rousing review that can be found here.

    Like a good book you don't want to put down, I
    found Paper Moon to be an enthralling story
    that I never wanted to end. This film is simply
    amazing for so many reasons -- from its tender
    father/daughter story to the amazing performance
    by then 8-year-old Tatum O'Neal. The fact that
    this 30s period film was shot in black & white makes
    Paper Moon a more worthy viewing -- the
    film is beautiful to watch.

    What made this DVD even more special was the
    supplemental material that was presented in three
    parts. We learn how director Peter Bogdanovich
    almost never made this film until advised by his
    wife that it would be a good idea. He took a
    bestselling book, did a complete rewrite of the
    material, and without a specific ending in mind,
    he shot this film and somehow came up with a classic.

    I am completely in awe of Mr. Bogdanovich. He's
    a really interesting person to listen to, and I
    enjoyed watching him talk about many of the long
    shots he did for this film, many which required
    endless takes because the actors had trouble doing
    a 6-9 minute sequence without flubbing their lines.

    It didn't even dawn on me until I watched the
    supplements that Bogdanovich was responsible for
    my all-time favorite comedy, What's Up Doc?
    It's no wonder I readily connected with this film.

    Throughout the supplemental material we get
    interesting insight by Cinematographer László Kovács,
    including how he used red filters to shoot a B&W film
    to give off exaggerated contrast levels (under advice
    from the great Orson Welles). Intertwined with these
    new interviews are quite a few outtakes that are just
    wonderful to see after all these years.

    I'm not here to write a review, but I wanted
    to briefly talk about this special little film
    that I have completely fallen in love with. Many
    of you should know me well enough by now to know
    that when I experience something special, I like
    to draw attention to it.

    Anyone that has never seen Paper Moon
    should give this one a rent. It's a film that
    has the sort of "charm" that you don't see too
    often in present film.
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    Glad to see you enjoyed the film Ron.

    I saw parts of this on many occasions and always got immediately wrapped up, but didn't see it from beginning to end until this DVD came out. I immediately poured over all of the extras which usually takes me some time to do.
     
  3. James Edward

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    Wow Ron, makes me nostalgic for the old reviews...
     
  4. Jodee

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    I also highly recommend the other two Paramount Bogdanovich titles: Targets and Daisy Miller.

    Both can be had for a very cheap price and they have some great supplements. Both are excellent, under-rated films!
     
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    I love the wrastlin' for the truck scene. Great stuff!
     
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    Another top Bogdanovich film is

    The Last Picture Show (1971)
     
  7. Peter Kline

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    Skip "At Long Last Love".
     
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  9. Mark Bendiksen

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    I'm glad you started this thread, Ron. It's not often that I encourage people to make "blind buys". However, that's exactly what I've been doing since the DVD release of Paper Moon several weeks ago. This is one of my favorite films from the 1970s and it's a true gem. When a movie that's this wonderful can be purchased new for less than ten bucks, I feel compelled to shout it from the rooftops, especially since there are so many folks who have never seen this one. I was pleasantly surprised at the extras on the disc as well.

    Every serious film buff needs to have some Bogdanovich movies in his/her collection, IMHO, and Paper Moon is one of his finest, although sometimes it gets dismissed by some because it's not a "serious" work such as Last Picture Show. That's a shame. However, a greater shame is that a movie like this would never get greenlighted by a major studio these days. Can you imagine executives giving the go-ahead for a black and white period piece set in the depression. Okay, maybe Woody Allen could get away with it, but generally it simply wouldn't happen.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Michael Reuben

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  11. Mark Zimmer

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    Daisy Miller isn't action-packed by any means (this is Henry James, after all, the World's Most Boring AuthorTM), but it's a well-crafted film that doesn't deserve a tenth of the derision that's been heaped upon it. So what if the star and the director had a fling? Geez, look at the film on its own merits.[​IMG]

    The DVD is cheap enough (under ten bucks most places), and has a commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, and he is capable of an articulate and relatively unbiased self-assessment, which is something you don't see too often on commentaries.
     
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    Ron, I saw Paper Moon in the theaters on its opening weekend -- what, 1973 or so? -- and I absolutely loved the film. Tatum was awesome in this movie. When I saw it, I thought it was one of the best movies I had ever seen.

    But for some reason, I have not seen it since. I've had it on my wish list over at Deep Discount DVD for weeks. Now I'm inspired to get that order placed now.

    Thanks.
     
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    Great film, terrific commentary - it's a no-brainer for its ridiculously low price.
     
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    Interesting they got Polly Platt to appear in the Paper Moon featurettes. I remember the book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls describing her as "no great beauty"...but she is actually very attractive!

    Not that any of that matters, but considering Bogdanovich left her for Cybil Shephard I thought it was cool that she would appear and add her thoughts.

    Great DVD...wonder what happened at Paramount to cause such dramatic price reductions on titles like this?
     
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