Indie golden boy Wes Anderson announced his return to the big screen a few months back, and in an hour-long masterclass with ARTE Cinéma he's revealed some of his key sources of inspiration.
The director shared his experience working with actors and artists that have influenced him throughout his career. The star-studded list includes François Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, no less, and he revealed that his brain is more or less "trained" to strive for symmetry in his films.
Linking to his upcoming feature, Anderson mentioned his love of the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials as inspiration for his venture into stop-motion filmmaking. “I really liked these TV Christmas specials in America,” he explained. “I always liked the creatures in the Harryhausen-type films, but really these American Christmas specials were probably the thing that really made me first want to do it.”
The production for his upcoming film, Isle Of Dogs, has been kept very much under wraps. We know that the film will mark the director's second venture into stop-motion animation after Fantastic Mr Fox. We know that it takes place in Japan, that Edward Norton leads the cast as Rex the dog.
And, to the excitement of film nerds everywhere, Wes Anderson let slip that the animated feature actually takes inspiration from iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, as he said "The new film is really less influenced by stop-motion movies than it is by Akira Kurosawa." Before the panel hosts could ask anymore, he quickly covered up the news by adding:
"The reason to hide your [inspirations] is because you’re trying to steal them, and if you can sneak them in then you’ve gained something without having to lose something."
The unconventional namedrop was met with a pretty great response, and along with the pretty unbelievable cast, it will have to suffice for now. Expectations are already sky-high for Wes Anderson's big return, coming out in cinemas next year. But until then, you can watch the full masterclass with ARTE just below:
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