Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dept. of You Should Read This

The post about Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture that I wish I'd written. (Parabasis)
Damn. That Lean Dunham can frame a shot. There are very few stills on the internet that really do this skill justice, as part of what's impressive about Tiny Furniture is the length of its takes and how long each shot holds up, but you can tell that she pays pretty careful attention to staging, camera placement, design, etc. This sets this early film apart from the Whit Stillman of Metropolitan or anything by Noah Baumbach, who both seem to me (along with Nicole Holofcener) her clearest influences. It is also far, far better directed than anything made by Judd Apatow, who is, of course, the Godfather of her television show.

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