Wes Anderson as an auteur

While reading the auteur chapter, many directors came to mind: Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, and Werner Herzog were some examples.  However, when I read the words “continuity” and “mise-en-scene,” I felt that Wes Anderson is one of those directors who really drives that point home.

I’m kind of a neat freak (read: I like to keep my stuff organized and clean), and I’ve related so much with the way Wes Anderson movies are filmed, because to me they are perfect (and symmetrical and spotless). Every movie of his that I have seen, has such continuity, that anyone who has every seen a Wes Anderson film could likely pick out another one. Each film of his has such a unique way of using voice overs, presenting characters, and creating a mise-en-scene that resonates so solely with the name Wes Anderson. What I find so amazing is that even his claymation film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, follows the exact same trend, and fits right into his auteurship.

Additionally, on pages 9-10 in Chapter 1, the author lays out a list of an eclectic ensemble that the director works with (cast, cinematographer, writer, and composer). To me, it seems that one reason that Wes Anderson achieves auteurship clearly, is because his team works so well together.

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