WES ANDERSON: QUIRK THROUGH FORMALISM

“THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH”

Howard Perry Howard is given credit for this often quoted definition of what he believed made a great country song. I like to think of it as a mantra with which to conjure up the mighty powers of simplicity. It’s great advice for any creative production, and often easier said than done. Following such visually obsessives as Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Anderson joins the lineage of cinema’s great formalists whose work is deceivingly simple.

At the bottom of this post are works created by video essayist Kogonada. In these two video essays, Kogonada presents some of the quirk and stylistic identity we recognize as a Wes Anderson film.

Enjoy and have a good life, but stay true to yourself!

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