Each week at Konbini, we focus in on a film director and ask them which movies have had the biggest impact on their work. This week we spoke with Wes Anderson, who was the guest of honor at French film festival Toute la mémoire du monde this year.
The director of Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which were nominated at the Oscars, keeps cranking out gorgeous, colorful films full of quirky, retro charm, which has earned him critical acclaim.
Anderson is currently working on a new animation entitled Isle of Dogs set to come out in April 2018.
So what are the genius of symmetry's references and preferences? In the list of 15 films below, it seems the director who injects red, yellow and pastels into each of his films has mostly been moved by old black & whites.
His selection includes a lot of big classics like Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which he says he actually had a hard time getting into at first.
Polanski's Rosemary's Baby has an extra special place in his heart. As he told Rotten Tomatoes:
"One movie that I often find myself going back to is Rosemary’s Baby. 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."
He seems to have a penchant for French films, as well.
Fifteen films recommended by Wes Anderson:
- Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen (1986)
- David Golder, Julien Duvivier (1931)
- Moonstruck, Norman Jewison (1987)
- A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (1971)
- Trouble in Paradise, Ernst Lubitsch (1932)
- Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick (1957)
- Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle (1971)
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?, Mike Nichols (1966)
- The Earrings of Madame de…, Max Ophüls (1953)
- Naked Childhood, Maurice Pialat (1968)
- Rosemary's Baby, Roman Polanski (1968)
- The Big Risk, Claude Sautet (1960)
- Terror's Advocate, Barbet Schroeder (2007)
- New York Stories, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen & Francis Ford Coppola (1989)
- The Apartment, Billy Wilder (1960)