Noah Baumbach

The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

With excruciating honesty, The Squid and the Whale chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce of their parents, both writers. The acclaimed third feature by Noah Baumbach marked a critical development for the filmmaker as he turned toward an increasingly personal style—a move that garnered him an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances from Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, and Owen Kline, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family.

Film Info

  • Noah Baumbach
  • United States
  • 2005
  • 81 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #845

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Yeoman and director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney
  • New conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
  • Behind “The Squid and the Whale,” a 2005 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews
  • Audition footage
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2005 interview of Baumbach by novelist Jonathan Lethem
    New cover based on lettering by Leanne Shapton

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Yeoman and director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney
  • New conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
  • Behind “The Squid and the Whale,” a 2005 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews
  • Audition footage
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2005 interview of Baumbach by novelist Jonathan Lethem
    New cover based on lettering by Leanne Shapton
The Squid and the Whale
Cast
Jeff Daniels
Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney
Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg
Walt Berkman
Owen Kline
Frank Berkman
William Baldwin
Ivan
Halley Feiffer
Sophie Greenberg
Anna Paquin
Lili
Credits
Director
Noah Baumbach
Written by
Noah Baumbach
Produced by
Wes Anderson
Produced by
Peter Newman
Producers
Charlie Corwin
Producers
Clara Markowicz
Executive producers
Reverge Anselmo
Executive producers
Miranda Bailey
Executive producers
Greg Johnson
Executive producers
Andrew Lauren
Director of photography
Robert D. Yeoman
Production designer
Anne Ross
Editor
Tim Streeto
Costume designer
Amy Westcott
Music by
Britta Phillips
Music by
Dean Wareham
Music Supervisor
Randall Poster

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