The Films of Wes Anderson

Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon

Editors: Kunze, P. (Ed.)

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Wes Anderson's films can be divisive, but he is widely recognized as the inspiration for several recent trends in indie films. Using both practical and theoretical lenses, the contributors address and explain the recurring stylistic techniques, motifs, and themes that dominate Anderson's films and have had such an impact on current filmmaking.

About the authors

Kim Wilkins, University of Sydney, Australia Colleen Kennedy-Karpat, Bilkent University, Turkey C. Ryan Knight, Randolph County Community College, USA Joshua Gooch, D'Youville College, USA Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College, USA Jennifer O'Meara, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland James MacDowell, University of Warwick, UK Jen Hedler Phillis, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Rachel Joseph, Trinity University, USA Laura Shackelford, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA Nicole Richter, Wright State University, USA Jason Davids Scott, Stephen F. Austin State University, USA Lara Hrycaj, Wayne State University, USA

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'Kunze's collection offers a broad array of critical responses to Wes Anderson's films - from their quirky sensibility, their portrayal of idiosyncratic characters, their relation to neoliberal fantasies, and the importance of music to Anderson's collaboration with Noah Baumbach. The Films of Wes Andserson is invaluable for bringing us much closer to understanding Anderson's significance as an American Indiewood filmmaker." - Warren Buckland, Reader in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University, UK

"Spanning a diverse range of perspectives on a figure who is now undoubtedly recognized as the icon of the indie era, this collection valuably complicates and challenges the generalized notions of Wes Anderson that characterize popular opinion. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the work of this director as more than merely 'whimsical.'" - Claire Perkins, Film and Television Studies, Monash University, USA, and author of American Smart Cinema

"Appropriately, the essays collected in this volume provide an array of perspectives on a filmmaker whose work consistently fights against isolation. It is fitting indeed that the first serious book-length exploration of Anderson's work is a truly collaborative effort. Including fourteen essays from fourteen distinct points of view, the reader comes away from Kunze's collection with a sense of the filmmaker and his unusually inclusive worldview, as well as a sense of respect for the power of a critical conversation (as opposed to the monologue)." - Devin Orgeron, Associate Professor, Director of Film Studies, North Carolina State University, USA, and author of "La Camera-Crayola: Authorship Comes of Age in the Cinema of Wes Anderson"


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kunze, Peter C.

    Pages 1-9

  • The Short Films of Wes Anderson

    Richter, Nicole

    Pages 13-24

  • Cast of Characters: Wes Anderson and Pure Cinematic Characterization

    Wilkins, Kim

    Pages 25-37

  • The Jellyfish and the Moonlight: Imagining the Family in Wes Anderson’s Films

    Rybin, Steven

    Pages 39-49

  • “Max Fischer Presents”: Wes Anderson and the Theatricality of Mourning

    Joseph, Rachel

    Pages 51-64

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Films of Wes Anderson
Book Subtitle
Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon
Editors
  • P. Kunze
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Peter C. Kunze
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40312-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137403124
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40311-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48692-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 226
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