by Rick Mazumdar
I feel that these three movies cemented our idea of Anderson's use of songs in his films. The use of symmetrical camera usage, the characteristic color palettes of yellow, pink and orange and unusual aspect ratios during close ups,and hand made art coupled with the use of songs as a story telling device, is what makes his films so very heartfelt and emotionally resonant.
In this article we'll take up three scenes in three of the films, and we'll discuss it with relation to the songs used.
Lets look at the first film:
This first scene we'll be looking at is this one:
An important sequence in the context of the film also the kind I like to see, depressive, melancholic scenes in general have an appeal to me.
The second sequence we'll be looking at is:
We find Max finding his way in a new school ,Grover Cleveland after being expelled from Rushmore Academy. The mood here is a positive one, he tries to build his friendship with Rosemary Cross after striking out with her, while enhancing his ties with Herman Blume, who now has an interest in Ms.Cross.
And finally we'll look at:
The song used here is " Oh Yoko" by John Lennon, a testament to the longing felt at missing one's lover, in the context of the scene this song fits perfectly, since it talks about how both Blume and Max have failed at their attempts but they still want to be with Ms Cross, and how through their mutual suffering they try and build a friendship.
A Quintessential Wes Anderson film, having all of the characteristic features that his films embody but this out of all of the films is the emotionally driven of them all. The nature of his films generally have emotional turmoil when it comes to strained relations within a family.
A family drama about one such family of child proteges who slowly lost their talents and grew wayward and distant. Royal Tenenbaum (played by Gene Hackman) the head of the family who had separated but not divorced from his wife Etheline ( played by Anjelica Huston), had to raise their three children on her own. Margot Tenebaum (played by Gweneth Paltrow) a young playright who had grown wayward , Richie Tenenbaum a budding Tennis star who had lost interest in the sport when he found out that his step sister was getting married, because he was secretly in love with her, and finally Chaz Tenenbaum a businessman who became over protective of his two sons Ari and Uzi once his wife died in a plane crash and was unable to recover from her death.
A common feature of his films is the nonchalance with which the characters deliver their dialogues which sometimes result in comedic situation, but other times the gravity of the dialogue has its effect long after it has been delivered.
The film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola.
The first scene that I'll talk about is:
Strangers to me talks being unable to settle down with ease, feeling alienated even in the presence of loved ones.
On May 2014 a compilation album was released and named "I Saved Latin!" featuring many of the songs used in Wes Anderson's films.
Second and Third parts coming soon!
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