Divorced from the truth

Noah Baumbach’s evisceration of his own father in the Squid and the Whale launched his directing career. Twelve years on, and his own marriage over, his latest film takes a different perspective. Interview by Andrew Billen.

"The more I do this, the more I kind of see how what I do is a kind of conversation with my childhood." Noah Baumbach


Noah Baumbach is Woody Allen’s artistic heir, joking in earnest about the big stuff. Yet it was the director of The Graduate, Mike Nichols, who nailed The Squid and the Whale, when he saw the younger director’s first hit film. ‘‘He reached out to...

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