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  • Hi, I'm Noah Baumbach, and I'm the director of "Marriage Story."

  • What I love about Charlie...

  • Charlie is undaunted.

  • This is the second part of the two opening montages that begin the movie.

  • The first is Charlie talking about Nicole.

  • Then here is Nicole saying what I love about Charlie.

  • Charlie eats like he's trying to get it over with and like there won't be enough food for everyone.

  • A sandwich is to be strangled while devoured.

  • And so I thought it was a kind of interesting way to establish these characters but also create a kind of rhythm for the movie that will both continue throughout the movie.

  • But it's also going to alter and change once we find out that this couple is getting divorced.

  • I also sort of thought of this section a little bit like an overture in a musical.

  • It's almost like we're establishing all the themes of the movie before the movie begins, in a sense.

  • Randy Newman did this beautiful score with this chamber orchestra that establishes the musical themes for the movie too.

  • We're going to revisit these themes later on in the movie.

  • And sometimes these moments can be difficult to shoot because they're so small.

  • Like if you're setting up a big scene in a movie, you're kind of starting at the beginning, you're going to the end.

  • When you do these little moments, you're kind of capturing people in the middle.

  • And so, for instance, the Monopoly sequence, we're kind of setting up a whole Monopoly game even though they know the moment that's going to be in the movie.

  • But you're kind of trying to capture something spontaneous and ordinary, but you know you're only going to use seconds of it.

Hi, I'm Noah Baumbach, and I'm the director of "Marriage Story."

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