Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

WHO: Kumar Pallana, who died at age 94 a few weeks ago, has a small but memorable role in this.

WHAT: Though it didn't hit me emotionally on first viewing, unlike some other films made by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom and even The Darjeeling Limited), upon repeated exposure The Royal Tenenbaums has become one of my very favorites. It's in many ways the quintessential Anderson picture, and its elements tend to dominate parodies of his style (such as the recent Saturday Night Live example) more than those from his other films.

I recently purchased and enjoyed reading Matt Zoller Seitz's new book about Anderson and his films called The Anderson Collection, which features short essays and lengthy interviews between Seitz and the filmmaker on each of his films released so far, not to mention a huge selection of unearthed and original images and artworks relating to Anderson's influences and his ouevre. For a sample from the book, check out the text excerpt and video on The Royal Tenenbaums on Seitz's blog.

WHERE/WHEN: Today only at the Castro Theatre at 3:00 and 8:50 PM.

WHY: If Pallana's recent passing and Seitz's book aren't enough to inspire a viewing of The Royal Tenenbaums today, perhaps a Wes Anderson triple-feature might do it? The film plays with his first feature Bottle Rocket (which also features Pallana) and last year's Moonrise Kingdom. With the release of his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel just around the corner (it's expected to arrive in US theatres next March) it's a good time to reacquaint yourself with some of his best past films.

HOW: All three Anderson films screening today play in 35mm.

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