Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Overview

For his feature debut, writer-director Damien Chazelle has fashioned a contemporary musical, shot in 16 mm black-and-white on the streets of Boston and New York. During the film's opening credits, we learn that Guy professional musician Jason Palmer, a trumpet player, and Madeline Desiree Garcia, a grad student looking for work, have broken up. The film then flashes back briefly to show how Guy's dalliance with Elena Sandha Khin, an outgoing young woman he met on the subway, caused the breakup. The film follows ...
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Overview

For his feature debut, writer-director Damien Chazelle has fashioned a contemporary musical, shot in 16 mm black-and-white on the streets of Boston and New York. During the film's opening credits, we learn that Guy professional musician Jason Palmer, a trumpet player, and Madeline Desiree Garcia, a grad student looking for work, have broken up. The film then flashes back briefly to show how Guy's dalliance with Elena Sandha Khin, an outgoing young woman he met on the subway, caused the breakup. The film follows Guy and Madeline as they try to make their way, post-breakup. Guy continues to play his gigs, though Elena doesn't seem quite as interested in his music as Madeline was. Madeline finds a job at the Summer Shack restaurant, pines for Guy, but eventually decides to leave Boston for New York. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench features music by Justin Hurwitz and a score recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. Chazelle, who is also a jazz drummer he appears briefly in the film, originally made the film as a short for his senior thesis at Harvard, where he studied under documentary filmmaker Robb Moss. Chazelle and his cast and crew worked on the film for three years, as financing permitted, to expand it into a feature. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was shown in the Discovery section.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz; ; Deleted Scenes; Behind-The-Scenes Featurette; Making A Song Featurette; Theatrical Trailer; Essays By Film Critic Amy Taubin
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Writer-director Damien Chazelle makes an auspiciously confident debut with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. The film's gorgeously grainy 16 mm black-and-white imagery, its music, its urban milieu, its wonderfully loose-limbed improvisatory feel, and the multiracial relationships it depicts evoke John Cassavetes' seminal debut, Shadows, but Chazelle's film has its own unique jazz-inflected buoyancy. Highlights include an erotically charged encounter on the T between Guy talented trumpeter Jason Palmer and Elena Sandha Khin, a spontaneous and gradually building song and dance at a crowded party, and a soaring all-out musical extravaganza at the restaurant where Madeline Desiree Garcia works. The cast does a fine job. Elena is the most effusive of the three main characters, and Khin is a seductive and charming counterpoint to her quiet romantic rival. Guy is reticent, and Elena is soft-spoken and introspective. These two novice actors are strong enough to convey a lot without dialogue, but the music and imagery carry much of the expressive burden. Thankfully, the vérité-style camerawork shot by Chazelle himself and the score by Justin Hurwitz are exemplary. These characters aren't particularly warm and lovable; they're as self-involved and emotionally confused as typical young lovers, and the actors breathe life into them. And when the strings swell and that pretty young wallflower leaps into the air in an exuberant celebration of romantic yearning, Chazelle's got you right where he wants you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • UPC: 881164000361
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Cinema Guild
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,437

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Palmer Guy
Desiree Garcia Madeline
Sandha Khin Elena
Frank Garvin Frank,
Andre Hayward , Andre
Alma Prelec , Alma
Bernard Chazelle Paul
Eli Gerstenlauer Eli
Keith Gross-Hill Keith
Jerry Quinn Jerry
Moreen McCarthy Maureen
Willie Rodriguez Willie
Zerek Palmer Zerek
Beverly Palmer Guy's Mom
Sharee Palmer Guy's Sister
T.J. Palmer Guy's Brother
Joe Della Penna Pianist
Vera Meyer Glass Harmonica Player
Kelly Kaleta Dancer at Party
Vanessa Pope Girl at Party
Kevin Harris Kevin
Elizabeth Tingue Sophie
Gonzalo Digenio John
Eddie Wakes Eddie
Karen Adelman Karen
Suzanne Bouffard Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk Dancer at Summer Shack
Carolyn Glicklich Dancer at Summer Shack
Chris Rowse Dancer at Summer Shack
Technical Credits
Damien Chazelle Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Mihai Dinulescu Co-producer, Producer
Justin Hurwitz Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
J. Mark Inman Executive Producer
Kelly Kaleta Choreography
Evangelo Koehler Associate Producer
Jasmine McGlade Producer
Arleen McGlade Executive Producer
W.A.W. Parker Editor, Executive Producer
Richard Ruiz Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
1. Overture [:10]
2. "Cincinnati" [3:00]
3. A Subway Romance [4:23]
4. Post-Breakup [3:44]
5. "Love In The Fall" [6:17]
6. "It Happened At Dawn" [5:12]
7. Guy And Elena [5:12]
8. Madeline On Her Own [7:10]
9. The Family Comes To Town [5:29]
10. Wake-Up Call [3:42]
11. Elena And Frank [5:22]
12. Remembering "Cincinnati" [7:31]
13. "This Guy Came By The House..." [4:34]
14. "Boy In The Park" [2:46]
15. Crossing Paths [4:58]
16. The Final Solo [2:28]
17. Closing Credits [7:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
   Play Film
   Scenes
   Extras
      Audio Commentary By Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz: On/Off
      Behind The Scenes
      Making A Song
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
            Original Opening
            "Cincinnati" Downtime
            The John Plot
            Jazz Joke
            Madeline And Her Mom
            A Day In The Life
            Tanglewood
            The Girl On The Street
            Wally's Jazz Cafe
            Fistfight
            Blowing Steam
            Alternate "Boy In The Park" Tap Dance
            Madeline At Work
      Theatrical Trailer
      Also From Cinema Guild
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         The Strange Case of Angelica
         Marwencol
         Around A Small Mountain
         Everyone Else
         Sweetgrass
         The Beaches Of Agnes
         Beeswax
         35 Shots Of Rum
         The Betrayal
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