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 Post subject: The Substance of Style
PostPosted: March 31st, 2009, 2:41 am 
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This is exciting, Matt Zoller Seitz, (former New York Times film critic/blogger and creator of this incredible video essay on Bill Melendez and how he influenced directors like Wes Anderson) is going to be doing a five part text and video examination of Anderson's work online for The Museum of the Moving Image.

Part 1 is up now, and I'll post the rest here as they become available. (The video is on the right side of the page.)


If criticism itself could ever be considered an art, Seitz is the closest to creating a masterpiece.

Bravo, Matt.

via The House Next Door

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I'll keep a running collection of links to them all up here so newcomers can find them easily.

Part 1: Schulz, Melendez, Welles, Truffaut
Part 2: Scorsese, Lester, Nicholas
Part 3: Ashby
Part 4: Salinger
Part 5: An annotated version of The Royal Tenebaums opening


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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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AWESOME.
This is a fantastic, and well-researched portrait of the work around which this site is based. Fascinating.

The articles and interviews mentioned made me realize that we Racers don't catch a lot of Wes publicity. Anyway, I'd rather be here hanging out than scouring for the latest gossip. It sounded like a lot of those articles were solid, actually -- i'm just defending Racer inaction on this front.

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It was fantastic to see The Royal Tenenbaums together with The Magnificent Ambersons (and the many other comparisons). It made me realize (anew?) how profoundly connected Wes' work is with the Peanuts gang and Truffaut. And, the Welles thing was new to me (other than TMA). I can't wait for part II!


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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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Brillant video. When is part II out?

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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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Brillant video. When is part II out?


Friday, and the rest will posted next week.


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Sounds great. Let's shag ass!

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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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These are fantastic!

I thought it was very fitting he used Futura for the end credits.

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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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These are all pretty great. But was it really necisarry to devote a whole section pretty much to how Wes and Hal aren't alike. Although it's always nice to see a bit of Harold and Maude.

And am I the only one that got me a craving to reread Nine Stories after watching part four?


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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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tuttleAC wrote:
These are all pretty great. But was it really necisarry to devote a whole section pretty much to how Wes and Hal aren't alike. Although it's always nice to see a bit of Harold and Maude.

And am I the only one that got me a craving to reread Nine Stories after watching part four?


I think the Ashby section was more focused on how though Wes always cited Ashby as a major influence and is very fond if his films, his own films lack the political awareness that is so embedded in Ashby, yet Wes still retains some of Ashby's character dynamics and use of music.

I too was jonesing to get my Salinger stuff back out after Part 4.


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 Post subject: Re: The Substance of Style
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One mistake in the last part though, Eric Anderson didn't do the production design, David Wasco did. (He also did Rushmore and Bottle Rocket, hence "Wasco State Pen." on Dignan's back at the end.)


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