The Substance of Style, Pt 4

Examining the Wes Anderson–J.D. Salinger connection
by Matt Zoller Seitz   posted Apr 9, 2009

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Thanks for watching, Groovymarlin. The series was fun for me to make; my only regret is that I couldn't cover every aspect of what fascinates me about Anderson. I could have done a chapter on the Peter Bogdanovich influence, one on Stanley Kubrick, one on Jacques Tati -- the possibilities are vast. It's a testament to Anderson's richness that I could stare at these films for weeks on end and keep finding fun, notable things.
Matthew Seitz   posted 09.04.09

I just want to thank you for this wonderful series. I am really enjoying it! I have always found that I love Wes Anderson's films, even when I'm not totally sure why. This thoughtful look at his influences and motifs is really enlightening for me. Thanks again!
Groovymarlin   posted 09.04.09


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Matt Zoller Seitz is a writer and filmmaker whose debut feature, the romantic comedy Home, is available through Netflix and Amazon. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, New York Press, and The Star Ledger, among other places. He is also the founder of The House Next Door, a movie and TV criticism website.

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