amy merrickliving in

living in: paper moon

by amym

is a perennial favorite around these parts. Filmed in the early 1970s, its pitch-perfect rendition of the Great Depression in Kansas will fool even the most persnickety of viewers like, ahem, me. The only giveaway that it’s a modern throwback is the improved picture quality, a fact that is generally lost on me since I’m always too googly-eyed over Ryan O’Neal to notice or care.

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The movie centers on a precocious girl named Addie Loggins, who, after the death of her mother, is left in the care of Moses Pray, a crooked bible salesman. Played by real life father/daughter duo Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, the pair is the definition of magnetic. But the real star of the show in my mind is, naturally, the split-second appearance by the paper moon. Can we all band together to bring back paper moons as carnival photo props? Some things are just too good to let disappear forever. —

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