On the eve of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, in theaters March 7, the fine folks at Way Too Indie have explored the mise en scène and visual themes of Wes Anderson. This five-minute interview essay gives a brief, pleasant overview of favorites like Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, Royal Tenenbaums, Moonsrise Kingdom and more.
The biggest takeaway from the discussion is Anderson’s innate connection to theater. Although he has never worked on the grand stage, beyond a brief dalliance during his younger years, he’s always wanted to be part of that world. In the essay, he acknowledges that his inclusion of plays in most of his films probably has a lot to do with this. He also believes his obsession with long takes has a lot to do with theater and wanting to see actors play through the scene.
Enjoy a brief, but wonderful look at Anderson’s “storybook” style to whet your appetite before checking into the Grand Budapest Hotel later this week.
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