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Peter Bogdanovich's wonderful recapturing of 1930s Hollywood comedy,
This review is from: Paper Moon [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This still works great 40 years later. Shot in gorgeous black and white, it's a film full of smiles and laughs,
a lot of heart, but very little sticky sweetness.
A low level grifter (Ryan O'Neal) gets stuck with taking a tough as nails orphaned 9 year old (O'Neal's real '
life daughter Tatum, in an astonishing performance for a kid that age - she really deserved the Oscar she
won) home to relatives. Along the way they get into all sorts of misadventures, and meet numerous characters,
including a wonderfully funny Madeline Kahn as an exotic dancer named "Trixie Delight", and John Hillerman
doing his usual excellent low key work in a double role as a bootlegger and his sheriff brother.
Bogdanovich gets to the essence of what was best about 30s comedies, without being a slave to it. He moves
the camera, plays scenes in very long single takes, and isn't afraid to mix the best of more modern film making
along with the best of the old.
One of those comedies you can watch over and over again, the region 1 DVD has a solid and well detailed picture.