“I wanted this to have more jokes, but it’s quite sincere,” Noah Baumbach said of his introductory remarks at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday night before the North American premiere of White noise. The surreal (or hyper-real?) meditation on media saturation, academic absurdity, and a looming cloud of existential poison had the distinction of being the opening night selection of the 60th New York Film Festival, White noise“There may be a joke,” he warned.
That a Baumbach film is playing at the annual Lincoln Center festival isn’t much of a surprise: this new one sees nine of his films play here, but this is the first to take up the starting slot. “It really is a childhood dream,” she said.
While thanking the festival for supporting his career, citing the inclusion of his first feature film kicking and screaming in 1995 as “rescuing it from the direct-to-video heap”, also thanked Netflix Ted Sarandos Y scott stuber for their continued collaboration. “[This] It really is the kind of movie that feels like it’s not being made anymore and luckily Netflix is making these movies,” he said. This is the third photo of Baumbach with the Big Red Streamer after The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Y marriage story.
also thanked Don De Lillothe 85-year-old author of White noise, for “providing such an easy book to film”. (“That was the joke,” the writer-director noted at the time.)
As he brought out his cast and crew, he was sure to say nice things about each one of them, right down to the supporting cast. Don Cheadle, jodie turner smithY Lars Eidingerto co-producer david heymanto the composer Danny Elfman and LCD Soundsystem james murphywhose end credits song (with an elaborate dance routine) was later described by film critic Stephen Whitty as “the best B-52 song you’ve never heard”. When the time came to introduce its two leads, adam driver Y Greta Gerwig, gave a bit of closure on how he has worked with both of them many times before, but never together. Gerwig, of course, isn’t just a creative partner (she co-wrote Frances has Y america loverand Baumbach has co-writing credits on Gerwig’s next film Barbie), but a life partner, so his introduction to her quickly led her into an endearingly shy ditch. “Well, I can’t even, uhhh,” she chuckled, trying to think of a way to describe her, before finally shrugging and saying her name. (She came out from behind the scenes to plant a lovely little kiss. What a genuinely nice moment!)
After the movie, which was well received but not thunderously well received, artistic director of NYFF dennis lim had everyone come back for a question and answer session. Baumbach explained that he read DeLillo’s National Book Award-winning book when he was 17 (“my dad recommended it”) and while it was never his lifelong passion to bring it to the screen, “it stuck with me in a fun way. I’ve had visions of that book ever since.” She reread it in late 2019 and early 2020, completing it just as New York City’s pandemic lockdown hit. marriage story it was “the first time in my career that I didn’t know what I was going to do next,” and that he felt the book offered “the expression of what I felt in many ways about the country.” (A paranoid book about airborne creeping death is understandably resonant for March 2020!)
He started adapting the book “as an exercise”, but when he showed the pages to Greta, she said it was fitting in well. “Blame Greta,” she joked, only to be interrupted by Turner-Smith, saying that we should really “thank Greta.”
The many actors, including sam nivola, may nivolaY Raffey Cassidy, who play three of the many children in the main characters’ blended family, all spoke of the camaraderie they felt fleeing the film in Ohio. Though Turner-Smith and Gerwig didn’t actually have any scenes together, they shared that they’ve since become good friends, with Gerwig teasing a “stay tuned” about an unnamed upcoming project they may be working on. Danny Elfman, coming on to compose for Baumbach after the director worked with Randy Newman on back-to-back projects, he said it’s movies like these that remind him that he loves his job.