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The Substance of Style – Wes Anderson’s influences
April 14, 2009, 4:59 am
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If you haven’t been following this 5 part series by the Matt Zoller Seitz or have been anticipating the conclusion – the final part is now out.

(Check the right side panel on each article’s page for the video versions.)

a five-part series of video essays analyzing the key influences on Wes Anderson’s style… Part 1 covers Bill Melendez, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut… Part 2 covers Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols. Part 3 covers Hal Ashby. Part 4 covers J.D. Salinger. Part 5 is an annotated version of the prologue to The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is a shame that the some of the parts examine some of Anderson’s influences too quickly, as i found to be the case with the examination of French New Wave in part one. I bring this up having watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou about a month or two ago and thinking that Godard’s use of colours and visual aesthetics would most definetly have been a significant influence on Anderson.But over all the videos are very well put together and offer a great insight into Wes’ mind and work.

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