Wes Anderson has become a film genre. The great folks at Way Too Indie explore his visual themes from his work in ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ ‘Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Darjeeling Limited,’ to his latest work in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’
“The tracking camera, moving from room to room, examining the bourgeoisie and upper class in the films of Luis Buñuel (e.g. ‘El Angel Exterminador’) laid the groundwork for the dolly and tracking shots in Anderson’s ‘Rushmore,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ and early sections of ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.’ The frenetic energy and overall zeal found in François Truffaut’s ‘Jules et Jim’ serves also as the celluloid backbone of most of Anderson’s works, specifically ‘Bottle Rocket,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ and ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ The melancholic swoons of the silver screen’s longing romantics permeate ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Hotel Chevalier’/‘The Darjeeling Limited’ and in the romance subplot of ‘Bottle Rocket.’ These films share the same sort of beautiful yet honest moments found in Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Pierrot Le Fou.’” —Nelson Carvajal, Way Too Indie
Speaking of ‘Bottle Rocket,’ even Wes Anderson’s thank-you notes look like they belong in Wes Anderson movies. Cinephilia and Beyond in Vanity Fair. Yeah, baby!
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