'Brooklyn' Director on Using Humor to Accentuate Drama

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Brooklyn director John Crowley talks to Indiewire about his new film about an Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) who immigrates to New York City in the 1950s and falls in love. It's based on a novel by Colm Toibin.

"There’s an irony to Colm’s prose, it’s not always in a situation, but it’s in his view on things, and I tried to keep that in mind when we were shooting.," Crowley says about the film's tonal shifts between comedy and drama. "That always, always, always want to see the comic potential, but not laugh out loud comedy, just small character humor potential. Because of course, it also sort of makes the descent into the sadness all the greater. It’s a very particular mix, laughter and tears, it’s very Irish."


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