Wes Anderson's World


Wes Anderson's eighth feature film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," will debut this weekend, so The Wall Street Journal caught up with the director to explore his meticulously researched and wholly original worlds. It's clear to even people only vaguely familiar with his films that his work has a signature aesthetic—a visual language all his own that enriches the emotional lives of his characters.


To be sure, there's repetition across Anderson's cinematic landscape—of behavior and design—but the result is a richness few other filmmakers have consistently delivered," writes Howie Khan. "From 1996's 'Bottle Rocket,' written with University of Texas classmate Owen Wilson in their Austin apartment (Anderson grew up in Houston), to the more well-known 'Rushmore;' from 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou'  to 'The Darjeeling Limited' and 2012's luminous 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Anderson's worlds now form their own galaxy.”

The story then delves deep into Anderson's creative process and work ethic, in search of what makes the director tick ... and what makes his films so iconically memorable.

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The Royal Tenenbaums Style: Taking some sharp style cues from the dysfunctional family of Wes Anderson's 2001 film.