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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH

TFF 2009 Directed by Damien Chazelle
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH [TFF 2009]

Writer/director Damien Chazelle combines the cinematic sensibilities of Cassavetes and Godard in a gritty, 16mm, MGM-style musical. Backed by an alternately rollicking and melancholy score by Justin Hurwitz, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench tracks a pair of young lovers after they meet by chance in a Boston park and bond over a passion for old-timey music. But like his constantly searching camera, Chazelle doesn't linger too long in any one place in the story. Soon Guy (Jason Palmer) and Madeline (Desiree Garcia) are separated and searching for new romance on city streets and in smoke-filled jazz clubs. Guy has an electrifying chance encounter with the lovely Elena (Sandha Khin), and Madeline entertains new suitors along with her own dreams of escaping to New York, but love may ultimately lead them back to one another.

The song-and-dance numbers in this youthful and original take on the musical come as a natural overflow of the lovelorn characters' emotions, allowing shy, doe-eyed Madeline to express what she can't always say in plain talk. Guy, meanwhile, lets his trumpet (yes, that's really pro trumpeter Palmer playing) speak for his heart, proving once again that artistic talent is exponentially related to sex appeal.

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Writer/director Damien Chazelle combines the cinematic sensibilities of Cassavetes and Godard in a gritty, 16mm, MGM-style musical. Backed by an alternately rollicking and melancholy score by Justin Hurwitz, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench tracks a pair of young lovers after they meet by chance in a Boston park and bond over a passion for old-timey music. But like his constantly searching camera, Chazelle doesn't linger too long in any one place in the story. Soon Guy (Jason Palmer) and Madeline (Desiree Garcia) are separated and searching for new romance on city streets and in smoke-filled jazz clubs. Guy has an electrifying chance encounter with the lovely Elena (Sandha Khin), and Madeline entertains new suitors along with her own dreams of escaping to New York, but love may ultimately lead them back to one another.

The song-and-dance numbers in this youthful and original take on the musical come as a natural overflow of the lovelorn characters' emotions, allowing shy, doe-eyed Madeline to express what she can't always say in plain talk. Guy, meanwhile, lets his trumpet (yes, that's really pro trumpeter Palmer playing) speak for his heart, proving once again that artistic talent is exponentially related to sex appeal.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 82 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, Andre Hayward, Frank Garvin, Alma Prelec
Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle
Producer: Jasmine McGlade
Co-Producer: Mihai Dinulescu
Executive Producer: W.A.W. Parker
Composer: Justin Hurwitz
Choreographer: Kelly Kaleta
Contacts

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Damien Chazelle
10599 Wilshire Boulevard, #405 Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 424 832 3855
damienchazelle@gmail.com

Print Source
Damien Chazelle
10599 Wilshire Boulevard, #405 Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 424 832 3855
damienchazelle@gmail.com

About the Director(s)

Damien Chazelle (b. 1985) grew up in Paris and Princeton, New Jersey, where he devoted himself to jazz drumming, playing everywhere from Berlin jazz clubs to New York street corners and subway stops. In 2003, he won for best solo drums at America's Best High School Jazz Competition and outstanding rhythm section soloist at the Dunellen Invitational Jazz Festival. Guy and Madeline began as a short for Damien's senior thesis when he was an undergraduate at Harvard University. He eventually left school to expand the film into his first feature and worked on it for three years, shooting off and on as money came in.

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