Paper Moon (1973) (Ws Sub Dol) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Set in 1935 – it's essentially a Depression Era road movie where Tatum O'Neal (then only 10 years old) plays "Addie" Loggins/Pray - while her very famous dad Ryan (hot from "Love Story" and "What's Up Doc?") plays the bible-selling hustler Moses "Pray" who takes on this mouthy but winning orphan after her hooker mum has passed away.
Relocating the story from the South to the Mid West (the flat treeless landscape of Kansas was used for filming) and featuring a wonderfully evocative Soundtrack of Dust Bowl Ballads and Chorus Songs - the movie's father/daughter relationship and old-timey nostalgia appeal tapped into "The Sting" audience and rewarded the irrepressible Tatum O’Neal with an Oscar nomination for best Supporting Role (the youngest actress to ever receive such an accolade - which she won). It also received three other nominations - Madeline Khan as best Supporting Actress, Best adapted screenplay by Alvin Sargent and Best Sound. The soundtrack even troubled the lower regions of the American charts in August 1973 and has become a celebrated piece ever since (see my review for the 2009 Cherry Red/El Records Expanded CD which adds on 11 Bonus Tracks). Which brings us to the BLU RAY reissue...Read more ›
A cracker of a film that no-one seems to have heard of. Tatum and Ryan O'Neal banter like you've never seen (check out the five minute continuous take in the car) and a brilliant turn from Madeleine Khan as 'Miss Trixie Delight'. Sumptious Black-and-white photography, and an attention to detail of the tired, worn and cashstrapped mid-west that is quite delightful. Tatum got the oscar for her performance as Addie Loggins, and deservedly so.
Set in depression hit 1930 mid-west america, it is a tale about a con-artist and an orphan who turns out to better at it than him. Team up to fund a journey and an improved lifestyle. A tale Brimming with wit, a fullfilling watch that stays with you.
In addition to these subtleties there are two set-pieces (which are also subtle but a bit more direct) that both involve Tatum O'Neill. In one silent scene she stands before the mirror putting on make-up, and the changing expressions on her face are just beautiful and touching. In another scene, Madeline Kahn begins by haranguing and finally begging Tatum to allow her to continue having an affair with her father. The scene does not 'play to the gallery' it unfolds naturally and it is funny and then very sad. - Yes, the child that Tatum plays is very knowing about adult matters which is evidence of the film having been made in a different era.
The image of the 'video box' that is on the Amazon page misrepresents the film as it makes Tatum look like a conventional slightly 'cute' child actress. She is anything but, her character and her performance are nuanced and it is a wonder she did not win the Academy Award for best actress rather than supporting actress.
There is a slight glitch in the film (at least over the internet through streaming video) but this appears to be damage in the original, a few seconds of film are lost but it is not that significant.
Peter Bogdanovich directed the film and he has made other fine films but none so fine as 'Paper Moon'.Read more ›
Continuing a run of Seventies smash-hits for director Peter Bogdanovich after the enormous success of his ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ and ‘PAPER MOON’ saw the filmmaker sustaining his collaboration with actor Ryan O’Neal, and introduced the world to the precocious talent of the future ‘Barry Lyndon’ star's daughter Tatum O’Neal, then 10 years of age, who for her performance was the youngest ever actress to be awarded an Academy Awards® for Best Supporting Actress.
After meeting a newly orphaned girl named Addie Loggins [Tatum O’Neal], con man Moses Pray [Ryan O’Neal), who may or may not be Addie s father, is enlisted to deliver the newly orphaned Addie to her aunt in Missouri. Shortly after however, the two realise that together they make an efficient scam-artist duo. Adventure ensues as the pair blaze through the American Midwest, stealing, swindling, and selling the moon...
With its stunning black-and-white cinematography shot by the great László Kovács and its superb evocation of Depression-era locales, Paper Moon endures as one of the key American comedies of the 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK home viewing premiere in a new Dual-Format edition.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1973 Academy Awards®: Win: Best Supporting Actress for Tatum O'Neal. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Madeline Kahn. Nominated: Best Sound for Richard Portman and Les Fresholtz. Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay for Alvin Sargent.Read more ›
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I saw this film when it was first released. Still enjoyable today.Published 20 days ago by Mr. D. H. Crowe
Brilliant film Adults and kids will love it's shot in b/w which makes it all the better . The story is so good and Ryan and Tatum are such good actors you don't need colour. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Donald Price
Peter Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" on Blu-ray courtesy of Eureka Entertainment. The supplemental features on the disc include an archival audio commentary with the American... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jacob Heldt
+++ WARNING: This is what the free software of the "world-leading translation software company"(!!!) translated my original German review from amazon.de into (sic!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by NOTWISTER
Quite simply this film is a gem and I recommend it as one of the films you must see.Published 7 months ago by Remembermyname