Wednesday, September 5, 2012

the art of cinema - the royal tenenbaums


The art of cinema no.6 

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson is a genius, plain and simple. Ro and I are so excited to see Moonrise Kingdom on Saturday, but in the meantime it's time to reflect on a classic, The Royal Tenenbaums. This was the first Anderson film I ever saw and still remains my favourite. The opening, which features the song Hey Jude by The Beatles and introduces the Tenenbaum family, is one of my most loved film intros of all time. You become fully immersed in the world of the characters and every detail has been attended to. I particularly love the stylistic quality of all Anderson's films including the typography, wardrobe, colours and sets. Not to mention the brilliant (and consistent) casting, Bill Murray, Owen & Luke Wilson and Angelica Huston all help bring this film to life, and they feature in a few of his other films as well.
I still remember the first time I saw this, thinking all I wanted to wear was a big tan coat and lots of black eyeliner like Margot Tenenbaum - some things never change.

Screencaps from The Royal Tenenbaums


  1. So beautiful, love everything about every Wes Anderson film. Being a set or costume designer for him would be heavenly.

  2. I still weep with joy everytime I watch this film, it is just perfection. I'm so excited to see Moonrise Kingdom.

    A x

  3. The Royal Tenenbaums is a perfect film, and my favourite one from Wes Anderson too. I think the Margo-Richie love story is the most compelling. I especially lover the dossier sequence where we find out all of Margot's secrets!