Museum of the Moving Image, Wes Anderson
American director Wes Anderson has built colorful, beautifully realized worlds in his seven feature films, from his stunning debut Bottle Rocket to his latest Cannes Film Festival opening feature, Moonrise Kingdom. From May 18 through 27, 2012, Museum of the Moving Image will present a Wes Anderson retrospective including all of his features and the short Hotel Chevalier, as well as a special screening of Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons-a film that inspired Anderson. Each screening in the series will open with a personal video introduction by Wes Anderson.
The series, Wes Anderson's Worlds, includes a special preview screening of Moonrise Kingdom, straight from its Cannes premiere. The preview screening on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. is open to Museum members only, courtesy of Focus Features. The film opens theatrically on May 25. Museum membership starts at $75 and in addition to access to Museum galleries, it includes free admission to the whole retrospective and over 400 films a year; more information is available online at http://movingimage.us.
"Wes Anderson's films may seem whimsical, like fancifully designed supertoys, but within the meticulously constructed worlds he creates, there is surprising depth and emotional resonance," said David Schwartz, the Museum's Chief Curator. "We are very pleased to give New York audiences an opportunity to see all of Anderson's films on the big screen.
SCHEDULE FOR "WES ANDERSON'S WORLD," MAY 18–27, 2012:
Unless otherwise noted, screenings are included with Museum admission and take place at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, in Astoria. Online event info: http://www.movingimage.us/films/2012/05/18/detail/wes-andersons-worlds/
All films directed by Wes Anderson unless otherwise noted. Each screening will open with a personal video introduction by Anderson.
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, MAY 20, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Wes Anderson. 1998, 93 mins. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams. Set to a British Invasion soundtrack, this wickedly brainy comedy pits an audacious beretwearing prep school kid against a deflated rich industrialist, competing for the love of a beautiful teacher.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students) and includes admission to the Museum's galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Wes Anderson. 1996, 105 mins. With Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, James Caan. Anderson's debut feature and first writing collaboration with Owen Wilson is an absurdist caper that stars the Wilson brothers as a pair of pathetic attempted robbers.
The Magnificent Ambersons
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Orson Welles. 1942, 88 mins. With Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt. Welles's exquisitely beautiful adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel about a family unwilling to change with the times was an important influence on The Royal Tenenbaums. Also part of the series See It Big!
The Royal Tenenbaums
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 6:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, MAY 20, 6:30 P.M.
2001, 110 mins. With Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray. Anderson and Owen Wilson earned an Oscar nomination for writing this brilliantly self-contained comedy-drama about three gifted siblings.