Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Paper Moon directed by Peter Bogdanovich



(WIKI) Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, and the film was shot in black-and-white. The film is set during the Great Depression in the U.S. states of Kansas and Missouri. It starred the real life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, as on-screen father and daughter Moze and Addie.

The story follows con man Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal) and young Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal), an orphaned daughter of a prostitute. Because Moze had once had an affair with her mother (and because the girl "has his jaw"), there is speculation that he is in fact Addie's father (which he denies). Moze is charged with bringing Addie to her aunt's home. Along the way, Moze manages to convince the brother of the man who drove his car into a tree, killing Addie's mother, into giving him two hundred dollars for Addie. Addie overhears this conversation and later demands the money. Because he spent nearly half of the money on car repairs, Moze agrees to travel with Addie until he has raised two hundred dollars to give to her. Addie soon learns how Moze makes his money: he finds recently widowed women and visits them pretending to be a Bible salesman who recently sold an expensive, personalized Bible to the deceased husband. The widows usually overpay him for the books inscribed with their names. Addie joins in the scam, pretending to be his daughter, and exhibits a talent for larceny. As time passes, Moze and Addie become a formidable team and seem to forget about Addie joining her aunt.

As they travel, Moze picks up a stripper named Miss Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn) and her downtrodden African American maid Imogene (P.J. Johnson). Although Addie becomes friends with Imogene, she becomes jealous of how Moze begins to focus more and more of his attention to Miss Trixie. When Addie discovers that Moze spent all their money on a new car to impress Miss Trixie, she quickly devises a plan to get rid of her, meanwhile giving Imogene enough money to get back to her mother. An elaborate series of moves results in Moze catching Miss Trixie in bed with another man. Devastated, Moze leaves Miss Trixie and Imogene behind.

At a hotel, Moze is able to find a bootlegger's store of whiskey, steals some of it, and sells it back to the bootlegger. Unfortunately, the bootlegger's brother is the sheriff, who quickly arrests Moze and Addie. Addie hides their money, steals back the key to their car, and the pair escape trading their car for a farm truck, after Moze beats Leroy (Randy Quaid) in a 'wrasslin' match after which they make across State line to Missouri, where the Kansas law can't follow them. The sheriff finds them in Missouri, and unable to arrest Moze, he beats and robs him. Humiliated, Moze drops Addie at her aunt's house. Left alone briefly in her aunt's house, Addie runs out the door and up the road, finding Moze where he has stopped to look at the photo, of Addie sitting in a quarter moon, that she left for him on the passenger seat. She reminds him that he still does owe her two hundred dollars, and they drive off together.

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