April 30, 2009

TRIBECA '09 PODCAST: Damien Chazelle

GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH filmmaker Damien Chazelle

They don't make musicals like MGM used to decades ago, so you have to hand it to Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench writer/director Damien Chazelle for channeling the spirit of innovators like Stanley Donen and even Michel Legrand in his gritty but beautiful, 16mm black-and-white debut, one of the bona fide treasures at Tribeca this year:

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is about the often uneasy but always beautiful relationship between music and love. It tells the story of a young Boston jazz musician who drifts from affair to affair, his trumpet the only constant in his life. He makes a promising connection with an aimless introvert named Madeline, who immediately takes to his music. Their relationship is cut short, however, when Guy leaves her for another, more outgoing love interest. The two separated lovers slowly wind their way back into each other’s lives, through a series of romances and near-romances punctuated by song.

In town for the film's world premiere, Chazelle sat down with me to trumpet about Guy and Madeline's music and filmmaking influences, why he wanted to work with non-professional actors, the problem facing most indie-film scores today, and the question that his protagonist must himself face: what's more important, love or art?

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench screens once more at the festival on May 3 (Tribeca fest page). For reviews and more, check with David Hudson at IFC's The Daily, or for the film's official website, click here.

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Posted by ahillis at April 30, 2009 9:30 PM