‘Frances Ha’, the newest film from Noah Baumbach, releases a scene that required 42 takes

Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach has, over the years, garnered critical acclaim from many quarters, both for his own efforts, such as Kicking and Screaming and The Squid and the Whale and for his collaborations with fellow auteur Wes Anderson, on efforts such as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. With his last solo feature being released in 2010, many people were excited to see him return to the director’s chair with a new film. Titled Frances Ha, the Greta Gerwig-starring feature has one notable scene that only lasts for 30 seconds yet, due to the nature of the scene, required 42 simultaneous takes during shooting. In Gerwig’s own words, getting the scene right took two hours of work, and what we see onscreen is the final product, free of editing. The scene can be seen below.


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(Source: Indiewire)

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