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'Frances Ha' Q & A: Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach on Collaborating, Shooting Black-and-White in NY (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 2, 2013 at 3:17PM

On Monday night, Film Independent at LACMA screened the wonderful new black-and-white indie "Frances Ha," and director Noah Baumbach and stars Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner appeared for a Q and A.

On the film's music:

The film's soundtrack takes cues from the quirky New Wave scores of Georges Delerue, who composed music for many French arthouse directors including Godard and Truffaut. One audience member asked if the score was from Truffaut's "Jules and Jim," but Baumbach said he has never even seen that film (hard to believe, since "Frances" really has that earnest, Truffaut feeling).

"I wanted to use music that felt grand and romantic and beautiful and joyful and said, and [Georges Delerue's music] feels that way to me. Once I put it in, I lost the associations with those other movies. I didn't want it to feel like a trick," Baumbach said. "But I felt like the movie could hold it."

In what will likely go down as the most iconic scene from "Frances Ha," Greta Gerwig runs giddily through the streets of New York as David Bowie's anthemic pop song "Modern Love" plays. Baumbach admitted that this was an homage to "Holy Motors" director Leos Carax's 1986 "Mauvais Sang" in which Denis Lavant's character triumphantly skips through a distant-future Paris set to the same tune. "There's no better song to run to," Baumbach said. 

"Frances Ha" opens May 17 in US theaters. Read our TOH! review here.

This article is related to: Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.