Paper Moon (1973)
A little film that lightens up the screen as Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal star in the light comedy classic Paper Moon (1973) in what has become the old black and white aesthetic which is rich with nostalgia, allowing you to focus on this almost forced relationship between father and daughter, even if they both don’t accept it. Both bound together in a world of conning the vulnerable in a scam so fiendish and clever in its cunning. You just enjoy the reactions at how easily they both make money.
It helps matters when the just bereaved Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal) is driven to get her hands on the $200 that she knows she is rightly owed by the man who has the same chin as her refuses to give.
And so begins an unorthodox scamming relationship, playing on the recently bereaved selling bibles, whilst tricking shop keepers into giving them money.
With the introduction of a woman into the situation things take a turn for the worse as Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn) threatens to spend all the “hard-earned” money on her and no one else. Already buying a new car, constantly going to the bathroom.
Paper Moon paints a lighter picture of the south during the depression era, as two con-artist make a life for themselves. Whilst coming closer together in a way they never thought possible. It’s easy to see the on-screen chemistry between father and daughter work so well. The south still has hints of inbreeding and underhanded methods that are mocked or looked down upon. Its dealt with a comic wit that it’s just apart of this struggling world that makes a much sense as the depression.
- Paper Moon (Bogdanovich, 1973) and Silver Linings Playbook (Russell, 2012) (dcpfilm.wordpress.com)