Wednesday, February 04, 2015
The Auteurs #41: Noah Baumbach
One of the new voices to emerge in the mid-1990s as an alternative to the era of Quentin Tarantino, Noah Baumbach is a filmmaker that plays by his own rules as he makes film about people dealing with changes in their lives. While he had gained promise from his first feature film in 1995’s Kicking and Screaming, his career would come to a halt following a couple of back-to-back disappointing features where many thought he had disappeared. Instead, Baumbach came back with a vengeance as he would continuously create films that played into young adults adjusting to changes as well as maintain an independent voice against the backdrop of mainstream cinema.
Born on September 3, 1969, Noah Baumbach was the third of four children to novelist/film critic Jonathan Baumbach and the revered Village Voice critic Georgia Brown in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout his early life, he and his siblings was surrounded by the world of high culture in films, books, and art while the young Noah would make his own explorations into the mainstream films that were around him as a child. It was around this time that the young Baumbach would also experience an event that would shape his work when his parents divorced. In 1987, Baumbach graduated at the Midwood High School in Brooklyn which led him to attend Vassar where he would get a BA in English four years later as would spend some time working for The New Yorker magazine as a messenger. It was during those years as a post-graduate where Baumbach would create material for what would be his first feature film.
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