Not long ago, at dusk, the writer and director Noah Baumbach was in an elegant old cafe in Berlin, having a jet-lagged late lunch with Greta Gerwig, the actress, before a festival screening of “Frances Ha,” his new film. Baumbach seems to have made his “Manhattan,” and he has done so in partnership with Gerwig, who co-wrote the film and plays Frances, a dancer. After Baumbach separated from Jennifer Jason Leigh, his partner of nine years, he and Gerwig became both a couple and a writing team.
I think the trailer for “Frances Ha” looks awful, but I guess they’re going after Lena Dunham’s fan base. At any rate, reading about Baumbach’s newly adopted, stripped down digital filmmaking process is pretty exciting.
It reminds of Robbe-Grillet saying that he never made a movie that cost more than (10 grand? 50? 100? I don’t remember) because as soon as you lose money for an investor, you’ll have a bitch of a time making that next one, and if you do, people will feel entitled to meddle. I don’t remember where I read that, or if I making the bulk of it up.
My bullshitting speaks to a deeper truth.