Watch: Pure Visual Style on Display in 'The Wes Anderston Mixtape'
by Ethan Anderton
May 1, 2014
Since The Grand Budapest Hotel hit theaters, we've featured a couple extensive video essays looking at the mise en scène and visual themes of director Wes Anderson, and also his meticulously crafted affinity for visual symmetry. Now we have another look at the word of the quirky, trademark director by way of The Wes Anderson Mixtape. The video acts almost as a greatest hits compilation of Anderson's work while also showing some of his signautre techniques behind the camera that are easily recognizable as his work. From Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom, this is a great compilation of Anderson's visual palette. Watch!
The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. Fox Searchlight released The Grand Budapest Hotel in limited theaters in March, and it might still be playing right now.
*Theory* Wes Anderson is merely a character from a Wes Anderson universe. The Wes Anderson we are seeing is a character that killed off the real Wes Anderson and is now pretending to be him. Thoughts?
Jesse on May 2, 2014
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