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Noah Baumbach: “Frances Ha” is my reinvention

I met Noah Baumbach in 1996; Luna had recently released our "Penthouse" LP and Noah hired us to write music for his comedy "Mr. Jealousy." We have remained friends and have worked together a number of times since; in 2005 Britta Phillips and I wrote the score for "The Squid and the Whale," and this year have small roles (I play a Wall Street trader) in his latest film, the very funny "Frances Ha." Starring and co-written by Greta Gerwig, and beautifully shot in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Paris and Poughkeepsie, "Frances Ha" is an immensely enjoyable film.

Last week we sat down at Noah’s dining room table and recorded this conversation over a glass of red wine. Britta was hovering and interjected a couple of questions.

I watched "The Squid and the Whale" with my son Jack the other day and he loved it.

Well, this is the first time I have cachet with a friend’s kid. Wes Anderson’s films, 6-year-olds are crazy about them.

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