Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences

  • July 12, 2014 — August 31, 2014

While Wes Anderson has become one of the most internationally heralded directors over the last decade, his quirky, meticulous films have remained a few steps removed from the mainstream spotlight. The breakthrough success of his recent The Grand Budapest Hotel provides an opportunity for a retrospective look of his earlier work and some of the key films that influenced his own. Anderson’s intricately detailed worlds demand rapt attention to pick up the myriad of cultural references, emotions hidden beneath layers of artifice, and trenchant explorations of familial ties. Marked by energetic soundtracks and collaboration with a cast of regulars in front of and behind the camera—among them cinematographer Robert Yeoman, composer Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo, and actors Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, and Edward Norton—Anderson’s films have at once much to say about the bygone times they portray and about our modern condition and the bonds we must forge to stay sane in this crazy world.

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Harold and Maude

Directed by Hal Ashby

A classic of the much-mythologized New American Cinema of the 1970s, Harold and Maude follows Harold (Bud Cort), a moneyed yet

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Rushmore

Directed by Wes Anderson

Rushmore was Anderson’s first commercial and critical breakthrough, earning its place as one of the key works of the American independent

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Jules and Jim

Directed by François Truffaut

One of the French New Wave’s great period pieces and one of Truffaut’s greatest love stories, Jules and Jim offers

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson fashions a fully-realized, baroque world populated by the eccentric Tenenbaum clan, a family of morose ex-wunderkinds, now adrift in

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Brewster McCloud

Directed by Robert Altman

Following his enormously successful M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, with its deliberately faltering beginning and wandering narrative line, took a determinedly different

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Bottle Rocket

Directed by Wes Anderson

An expansion of his short film made at the University of Texas, Anderson’s first feature signaled a unique fusion of

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The Last Detail

Directed by Hal Ashby

With an unconventional script by Robert Towne (Chinatown) and understated performances by Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid, Ashby’s whimsical film

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The 400 Blows

Directed by François Truffaut

Truffaut’s autobiographical first feature remains for many his best film. Drawing upon his early years as an orphan, Truffaut gives

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Directed by Wes Anderson

Inspired by the world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Anderson’s comedy/drama stars Anderson regular Bill Murray as the eponymous Zissou, a famed

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Fitzcarraldo

Directed by Werner Herzog

Fitzcarraldo remains one of the cinema’s most enduring tales of man versus nature, both onscreen and (famously) in production. Brian

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The River

Directed by Jean Renoir

Renoir’s film, late in his filmmaking career, sees the master working in color for the first time. The story follows

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The Darjeeling Limited

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson continues his examination of modern family dynamics in this tale of three brothers, Francis, Jack, and Peter (Owen Wilson,

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The King of Marvin Gardens

Directed by Bob Rafelson

“After the success of Five Easy Pieces, Rafelson and Nicholson reunited to make this underappreciated but key work of 1970s

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The Tale of the Fox

Directed by Ladislas Starevich, Irene Starevich

An inspiration for Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, this whimsical tale was one of the first animated features in cinema history

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through

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King Kong

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper

At the time of its release, King Kong was the greatest spectacle the filmgoing public had ever seen. A classic

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Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson’s films are in some ways about journeys—physical, spiritual, and sometimes both. Here his vision of childhood passages of discovery

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Black Jack

Directed by Ken Loach

Adapted from Leon Garfield’s novel of the same name, this whimsical yet terrifying children’s adventure strays from Loach’s usual realist

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Small Change

Directed by François Truffaut

Following his critical successes with The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, and other films, Truffaut achieved his greatest commercial success