04 April 2009

Wes & Matt

If anyone isn't already aware, Matt Zoller Seitz (of The House Next Door and Home) is running a great series on Wes Anderson over at the Museum of the Moving Image. I'll let Matt set it up:

With just five features in 13 years, Wes Anderson has established himself as the most influential American filmmaker of the post-Baby Boom generation. Supremely confident in his knowledge of film history and technique, he's a classic example of the sort of filmmaker that the Cahiers du cinéma critics labeled an auteur—an artist who imprints his personality and preoccupations on each work so strongly that, whatever the contributions of his collaborators, he deserves to be considered the primary author of the film. This series examines some of Anderson's many cinematic influences and his attempt to meld them into a striking, uniquely personal sensibility.

more from Matt:

Part I "examines what Anderson learned from (and took from) Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut and "Peanuts" animator Bill Melendez.

Part 2, which will go up Friday, April 3, looks at what Anderson borrowed from Martin Scorsese (his mentor), Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night") and Mike Nichols ("The Graduate").

Part 3, which will debut Monday, April 6, compares Anderson and Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude," "Shampoo," "Being There").

Part 4, which debuts Wednesday, April 8, studies the impact of J.D. Salinger's fiction on Anderson's movies.

Part 5, which premieres Friday, April 10, runs the seven-minute prologue of "The Royal Tenenbaums" with onscreen text and graphics and screens-within-screens -- sort of a pop-up video approach to picking apart the director's style."

I've always been a big fan of Wes Anderson (which will surprise no one, especially anyone who's seen the photo of my past Halloween costume). I'm especially excited to see what Matt does with part 5. That should be very cool.