“The Substance of Style”: a Look at Wes Anderson’s Universe
Wes Anderson has directed 7 features in 18 years but most of them remain unseen by a mainstream audience. Those who have been exposed at least once to his universe can always recognize his touch.
As Moonrise Kingdom breaks the numbers and surprises the skepticals, I thought I would share Matt Zoller Seitz‘s excellent five part analysis The Substance of Style from the The Museum of the Moving Image. (The same team behind Terrence Malick filmography analysis)
Although made in 2009, it doesn’t lose any of its value and is a great source to better understand Anderson’s visual work.
Here is how Zoller Seitz presents it:
“This essay aims to examine some, but certainly not all of Anderson’s edited inspirations. (…)
Along the way it may incidentally eliminate why so many Anderson-esque can seem, no matter what their virtues or pleasures, a rather weak substitute for the real thing.(…)
The spectrum of culture that has fed Anderson’s imagination gives his work an emotional boldness and a diversity of tone that his imitators typically lack. It is a style of substance.”
Below are the five parts video with their main axis:
Part 1 >> Charles Schulz and Peanuts, Orson Welles and Francois Truffaut
Part 2 >> Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, Mike Nichols
Part 3 >> Hal Ashby
Part 4 >> J. D. Salinger
Part 5 >> Focus On The Royal Tenenbaums
Thanks to Austin Kleon