Articles about Wes Anderson
Interview: Wes Anderson On 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Owen Wilson, Westerns & More
@indiewire recently sat down with Wes Anderson to talk about "The Grand Budapest Hotel," but also — like the movie that is nostalgic for the past — look back at earlier moments in the director's career
Wes Anderson has become a film genre. Even Saturday Night Live did a spoof on this notion, re-envisioning a modern horror film as a Wes Anderson comedy for one of their digital shorts. And although the auteur would not likely refer to himself as a "genre", the evidence is onscreen in every one of his films. It's through the marriage of his production design team's (David Wasco, Mark Friedberg, Nelson Lowry and Adam Stockhausen) signature art direction, and the virtuoso camerawork led by his go-to Director of Photography Robert Yeoman (as well as his stop-motion animation cinematographer Tristan Oliver) that Anderson has been able to carve a niche in American cinema history. In the same way a Spike Lee Joint or a Martin Scorsese Picture have their own distinctions, so also is a Wes Anderson film (more properly known as an American Empirical Picture) easy to spot. But the twist is, for all his towering success as an American auteur, the look and feeling behind each Anderson film finds its influences more rooted in foreign cinema. 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.
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. @indiewire decided to focus in ten modern examples of what happens when a pretty face and a big brain work in perfect harmony.
A @filmdotcom roundup of 10 recent TV commercials directed by famous film directors (clips of each included)
@slashfilm has a preview of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the form of photos and video clips
Oscar season is a time to celebrate cinematic excellence, so what better time to count down our picks for the most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today?
Maybe it's a good working relationship that keeps these directors and actors coming back for more. Maybe it's romance. Or perhaps it's because when the two collaborate, the box office explodes. The list of frequent collaborators is a long one; here are just a few.
An interview by Rob Feld at WGA.org with filmmakers Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola about the script they co-wrote for Moonrise Kingdom:
Check out a great annotated script for "Moonrise Kingdom" created by Focus Features