Edgar Wright comments on the influences of Baby Driver

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The Blues Brothers, The Driver, Hudson Hawk, Inspector Harry…

On the assembly line Baby Driver ? 70’s classics and a few bis curiosities. Edgar Wright takes his film apart piece by piece. On the occasion of the rebroadcast of the film at 9:05 p.m. on TFX, we are republishing his remarks.

Baby Driver aims for kinetic orgasm, swing, fluidity and pure joy

Hudson Hawk Gentleman and Burglar of Michael Lehman (1991)
To be honest, the only sequence I like is the sing/dance heist on “Swinging on a Star”, and especially the idea that they have to find a song whose duration corresponds to the time of the heist. I have since become friends with Daniel Waters, the screenwriter, and he told me that it all came from Bruce Willis. The film was meant to promote his love of the blues, and help publicize his Chicago band ahead of a world tour. That’s why he made the movie. And he absolutely wanted to sing. Hence “Swinging on a Star”…

The cat crunches the diamonds of Bryan Forbes (1968)
Funny film, typical of the end of the 60s. A very dark vision of the war of the sexes disguised as a thriller like La Main au collet…Michael Caine robs the house of a conductor while he is giving a concert at the Opera. We pass alternately from Caine searching the house to the guy conducting the orchestra, and the heist suddenly takes on the appearance of a tragicomic operetta. I’ve always loved these sequences which reveal themselves little by little through the music

Inspector Harry of Don Siegel (1971)
It’s not a musical moment strictly speaking, but I think about it all the time: Harry understands that something is wrong at the bank because the driver of the car parked in front has smoked four cigarettes… He guesses that a robbery is in progress to the number of cigarette butts crushed on the ground!

Lalo Schifrin: “The contradiction, the madness, it was Inspector Harry’s idea”

The Driver of Walter Hill (1978)
A slice of neo-noir set in the dark, deserted streets of Downtown Los Angeles. The perfect midnight movie. Ryan O’Neal plays the getaway driver, and Bruce Dern the detective in charge of arresting him. A lesson in minimalism. A lot of heist films from the 70s-80s-90s (from Hot Rock to Point Break, via Heat, Reservoir Dogs etc.) have this moment of total chaos, when the plan falls apart and the professional work turns to the knot. vinegar… I got a lot of help from the film by Walter Hill to build the third act of Baby Driver

The repeat offender of Ulu Grosbard (1978)
Harry dean stanton and Dustin Hoffman rob a diamond dealer and Gary Busey plays the getaway driver. But Busey has too many livers; he hears the alarm go off and he presses the button, leaving his accomplices to fend for themselves with the police… Arizona Junior – my favorite film of all time – gives a burlesque variation of this scene from The Repeat Offender. In reality, and it took me a long time to realize this, the whole film is a comic markdown of the Repeat Offender…

The Blues Brothers of John Landis (1980)
In general, Landis was a huge influence on me, especially The Blues Brothers. Before him, there were great music films like American Griffiti or Mean Streets, but Landis was the first to use counter-scoring so brilliantly; this way of transcending a scene thanks to musical choices that seem contradictory, inappropriate. The Werewolf of London, to quote another, is a counter-scoring triumph.”

Before Baby Driver: Edgar Wright in 3 cult musical scenes

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