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Greenberg Cast & Crew Share Their Favorite LA Films

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Greenberg Cast & Crew Share Their Favorite LA Films

As part of Movie City Los Angeles, key members of the creative team behind Focus Features’ forthcoming film Greenberg select their favorite movies set in the City of Angels.

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Noah Baumbach's Five Favorite Films
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Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice

This movie is painful, sexy and funny. These are three things I look for in movies. It's a great portrait of marriage – of transition both personal and cultural. Paul Mazursky made some great ones.

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The Long Goodbye

A mumbling Elliott Gould tries to trick his cat into eating a new brand of cat food and fails. He has to go to an all night supermarket to buy the cat his preferred brand. Half-naked girls do yoga across the courtyard and request brownie mix. "Mr. Marlowe!" I associated this movie with LA before I knew LA. It was even more accurate than I knew.

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Play it as it Lays

Joan Didion's novel is great, the movie not so much.  But it's genuinely odd and beautifully shot by Jordan Croneweth, there's great driving at night.

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E.T.: The Extraterrestrial

I love the aerial views of California when E.T. flies – all those swimming pools. As a kid, I remember thinking, "What a great touch." Now I realize the swimming pools were already there. I got a stye the first time I saw this movie from crying too hard.

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The Anniversary Party

Among other things this movie is about balancing one's identity with marriage. It captures both the comfort and isolation in community, the notion of public and private lives. It's also buoyant and hilarious.

Noah Baumbach
Greenberg: Noah Baumbach
By Wilson Webb
Noah Baumbach on the set of his new film Greenberg

Noah Baumbach’s films as a writer and director include Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding. Mr. Baumbach received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay The Squid and the Whale. With director Wes Anderson, Mr. Baumbach co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox (the latter adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl). In 2008, he directed the shorts “Clearing the Air” and “New York Underground,” which he co-wrote with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, for Saturday Night Live. He is a contributor of humor pieces to the “Shouts and Murmurs” section of The New Yorker magazine.

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