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Portland's Northwest Film Center to Celebrate Wes Anderson and His Influences

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by Jacob Combs
June 30, 2014 12:07 PM
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Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.

A Wes Anderson films is like a beautifully created confection: precise and specific while still undeniably unique.  Of course, it's taken some time for Anderson to develop his style, but he is now undoubtedly one of the most recognizable of American auteur directors, a fact underscored by his most recent film, the superb "Grand Budapest Hotel"--which could be the first of the director's works to finally nab some Oscars gold.

Anderson has a go-to team that he relies on these days, from cinematographer Robert Yeoman to composer Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo) to a slew of actors, including Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody.

Starting with 1998's "Rushmore," the Northwest Film Center program will feature screenings of Anderson's eight features, including now classics like "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."  Matt Zoller Seitz, the film critic and RogerEbert.com editor-in-chief who literally wrote the book on Anderson ("The Wes Anderson Collection") will introduce "The Royal Tenenbaums."  

"Wes's World" will also include showings of films by François Truffaut, Jacques Cousteau, Werner Herzog, Jean Renoir and Hal Ashby, among others.

Check out the program's trailer below.  The full lineup can be found here, on the Northwest Film Center's website.

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