Noah Baumbach Film Retrospective Coming To Metrograph
Since opening in 2016, Metrograph has become one of the best movie theaters in the city, mixing new indies with special event series and classic film programming. To celebrate the release of Noah Baumbach’s upcoming movie Marriage Story, which already has a lot of Oscar buzz, Metrograph will host a Baumbach residency, where a retrospective of his work will screen, paired with companion films that inspired him.
“I have been going to the Metrograph ever since I was 47,” Baumbach quipped in a statement. “Although the Metrograph is only three years old it feels already like a New York institution. If the movie theater specializing in revivals is now not more than a memory for so many cities, Metrograph proves over and over that it is a necessity. I am thrilled that they are presenting this retrospective of my movies thus far. I’ve included some companion films as well, movies that I love, that have somehow informed my work as well as my life.”
For at least three of the showings, Baumbach will be there in person for a conversation about the films—that includes his 1995 debut Kicking and Screaming (which will be paired with Joan Micklin Silver’s 1979 film Chilly Scenes of Winter), his 2005 breakthrough The Squid and the Whale (which will be paired with Spike Lee’s 1994 movie Crooklyn), and 2007’s Margot at the Wedding (which will be paired with Eric Rohmer’s 1983 work Pauline at the Beach). Metrograph adds that there may be additional discussions and Q&As with Baumbach alongside the other films that will be announced later in the month.
As for the rest of the retrospective: Baumbach’s lesser-known 1997 film Mr. Jealousy will be paired with Peter Bogdanovich’s 1977 film Saint Jack; the polarizing Greenberg from 2010 will be paired with Robert Altman’s early-’70s classic The Long Goodbye; the lovable 2012 hit Frances Ha will be shown alongside star Greta Gerwig’s equally-lovable directorial debut Lady Bird; 2014’s hipster ennui film While We’re Young will be paired with Mike Nichols’ Working Girl; the under-the-radar 2015 film Mistress America will be paired with Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild; the wildly underrated 2017 movie The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) will be shown alongside Bob Rafelson’s fantastic Five Easy Pieces; and the new film Marriage Story will end the retrospective alongside Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.