Hello Film Doctor friends.
This Friday sees the release of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and so the Film Doctor team cast their eyes on its Director, Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Rushmore”) for his movie influences.
As one can imagine, his cinema selection is quite varied and offbeat (first published by Criterion):
- “The Earrings of Madame de . . .” (dir. Max Ophuls, 1953)
- “Au hasard Balthazar“ (dir. Robert Bresson, 1966)
- “Pigs and Battleships” (dir. Shohei Imamura, 1961)
- “Intentions of Murder” (dir. Shohei Imamura, 1964)
- “The Taking of Power by Louis XIV“ (dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1966)
- “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (dir. Martin Ritt, 1965)
- “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (dir. Peter Yates, 1973)
- “Classe Tous Risques” (dir. Claude Sautet, 1960)
- “L’enfance nue” (dir.Maurice Pialat, 1968)
- “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (dir. Paul Schrader, 1985)
- “The Exterminating Angel” (dir. Luis Buñuel, 1962)
And here are a few more, this time with extra comments from Anderson:
- “Rosemary’s Baby” (dir. Roman Polanski, 1968) – “This has always been a big influence on me, or a source of ideas; and it’s always been one of my favorites. Mia Farrow gives a great, big performance in it, and I’ve read the script and it’s a terrific script. So that’s one I’d say.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
- “A Clockwork Orange” (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971) – A fully-formed Stanley Kubrick. It’s a movie that’s very particularly designed and, you know, conjures up this world that you’ve never seen quite this way in a movie before, but at the same time there’s a great sort of spontaneity to it, and a tremendous energy. And both of those are very well adapted, good books.
- “Trouble in Paradise” (dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1932) – A great Lubitsch movie. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins. And Samson Raphaelson is the screenwriter; he did several Lubitsch movies. I don’t know if anybody can make a movie like that anymore — that perfect tone, like a “soufflé”-type of movie. A confection, I guess.
- “Toni” (dir. Jean Renoir, 1935) – “[…] that’s Jean Renoir before Grand Illusion, before Rules of the Game, and it’s set in the south of France and they’re Italian immigrants who’re working, who’re laborers working in the South of France. It’s very beautiful, kind of lyrical and very sad; a great Renoir movie. I don’t know if it’s seen that much anymore. It’s great.”
- “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (dir. Mike Nichols, 1966) – “When I first saw that movie it made me feel bad. I didn’t fall in love with it. I loved The Graduate when I first saw it, but [Virginia Woolf], I wasn’t excited by it, because it seemed like there was a negativity about it. But when I watched it more recently I thought it was the most beautiful, inspired, exciting movie. Mike Nichols is one of the most inventive directors that we’ve had, and that’s one of the great, you know, it’s a great movie, and a stunning first film.” (W. Anderson for Rotten Tomatoes)