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    On November 5, Frances Ha herself, Greta Gerwig, appeared onstage at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway for a special Screen Actors Guild Foundation event. Following a screening of Noah Baumbach’s film, cowritten by and starring Gerwig, she stayed for a Q&A moderated by Adam Sternbergh, culture editor at the New York Times Magazine. Criterion was there to record the conversation, during which Gerwig touched on the writing process, the genesis of the concept for the film, her approach to acting, and her newfound love of accordions. Below are highlights from this delightful talk. Special thanks to the SAG Foundation and the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway.

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  • By Ben
    November 20, 2013
    03:02 PM

    She's a stunning actress.
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  • By Sidney
    November 20, 2013
    07:45 PM

    Greta Gerwig is that one-of-kind actress with extreme talent, and naturalness that can't be faked. It's very nice to see someone like her that's honest, and very comfortable with herself. Remember Greta Gerwig; we should be seeing alot more of her in film, and I can't wait to see what's see does next.
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  • By Bob Hill
    November 21, 2013
    08:28 AM

    Maybe she should make a movie called 'Fiddler on the Woof'. Lovely person.
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  • By G
    November 21, 2013
    01:19 PM

    This would have been remarkable if it were Noah Baumbach's first film. Gerwig is obnoxious. In her and Noah's NY magazine print interview, she went out of her way to scream that should co-wrote, not improvised, her scenes. Baumbach and Korine's younger girlfriends are poisoning talented wells with simply their youthfulness!
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    • By Jonathan
      November 22, 2013
      01:39 PM

      That's sort of an odd notion, a writer deserves credit as a writer, Greta Gerwig brought a lightness to Baumbach's movies that could easily be mistaken for improvisation. The New Yorker interview suggested that it was much more of an equal collaboration and one that started with Gerwig, so it can't be fair to say that she's poisoning Baumbach's well, I thought both Greenberg and Frances Ha were fantastic. Harmony Korine is something else though..
    • By chris
      November 23, 2013
      07:18 PM

      That's a really weak observation to make. Frances Ha and Spring Breakers are definitely one of the better films by both directors. Both directors are brilliant and will continue to be brilliant. Don't get all fussy and jealous because directors your age have young beautiful wives.
  • By Eclectic
    November 27, 2013
    11:39 AM

    I hated Frances Ha, so badly in fact that after a half hour of viewing I turned it off. I found all the characters annoying, not endearing, funny, or even interesting. It's a shame. Greta Gerwig was in 2 movies I really enjoyed: Baghead, a parody of low budget horror films like the Blair Witch Project, and Whit Stillman's great film Damsels in Distress (the latter of which Gerwig's offbeat character--a trademark of all Stillman's films--was truly fun and made me like her a lot.) I hope in the future Gerwig will make some good films again. While I'm commenting, there are 2 movies that I wish Criterion carried: The Little Thief (directed by Claude Miller based on an unfinished script by the late great Francois Truffaut and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Johnny Stecchino, a Roberto Benigni film. To my knowledge neither one of these films is available on DVD at all in Region 1 (which covers the United States).
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    • By Sebastian Corbascio
      December 01, 2013
      12:40 PM

      I think that Frances Ha is one of the best movies of the year. It unapologetically owes a huge debt to the French New Wave. I knew exactly what I was in for when I started watching, which is the case for most of Baumbachs work, but all his work still surprises and delights without being cheap or manipulative. It is very authentic as well, the backdrop of NYC and what it is becoming: a place you can live if you are an artist, if you are a rich artist. And yes, I have done the Broadway sprint where you cover 20 or so city blocks at full speed. It's a little later in the movie, so you may have to watch it again ;). SC