Edgar Wright comments on Baby Driver influences

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

On the assembly line of Baby Driver ? 70’s classics and some other curiosities. Edgar Wright dismantles his film piece by piece. On the occasion of the first broadcast of the clear film, at 9:15 p.m. on C8, we republish his words.

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

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

The cat bites 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 The Hand with the collar…Michael Caine burglarizes the house of a conductor, while the latter gives a concert at the Opera. We go alternately from Caine searching the house to the type directing the orchestra, and the breakup suddenly takes on the appearance of a tragicomic operetta. I have always loved these sequences which are gradually revealed through music

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

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The Driver of Walter Hill (1978)
A slice of neo-black located in the dark and deserted streets of Downtown Los Angeles. The perfect midnight movie. Ryan O’Neal play the getaway driver, and Bruce Dern the detective responsible for arresting him. A lesson in minimalism. A lot of breakout films from the 70s-80s-90s (from Hot Rock to Point Break, including Heat, Reservoir Dogs etc) have this moment of total chaos, when the plan goes up in lollipops and the job of professionals turns to vinegar… I helped myself a lot 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 point a diamond dealer and Gary Busey plays the getaway driver. But Busey has too much livers; he hears the alarm go off and he presses the mushroom, letting his accomplices get on his own with the police … Arizona Junior – my favorite movie of all time – gives a burlesque variation of this scene from the Recidivist. In reality, and it took me a long time to realize it, the whole film is a comic demarcation of the Recidivist …

The Blues Brothers of John Landis (1980)
Generally speaking, Landis has had 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 are a priori contradictory, inappropriate. The Werewolf of London, to quote another, is a triumph of counter-scoring. ”

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