Saturday, March 2, 2013

Paper Moon (1973)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn. 102 min. Rated PG. Comedy/Drama.

What a lovely movie.  Ryan O'Neal is a Depression era con-artist, who employs the talents a feisty 9-year-old girl, who may or may not be his daughter. But that's not the point. Every moment of this duo's friendship-quarrel-friendship cycle and fast-witted back-and-forth dialogue is so well-written, you won't notice the time passing by. It's as fun as The Little Rascals, and as heart-breaking as Chaplin's The Kid. Well-deserved Oscar for Tatum O'Neal, the youngest actor ever to win. Why oh why don't they make movies like this anymore?

Mo says:


  1. It is a truly remarkable film and Tatum O'Neal is magical.

    Why don't they make movies like this any more? $$$ I suppose.

  2. Or perhaps ... lack of imagination?

  3. I don't think lack of imagination is a problem, there are plenty of low budget, self financed movies out there that prove that but people seeking finance from big movie studios better have an idea that sounds very commercial or thy can forget it. The smaller less commercial tales are probably being handled by TV. In the UK anyway.

  4. Agree, but you can still combine the big-budget studios' commercial requests with great imagination. "Inception" is a good recent example.