The Music of Wes Anderson's World

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Poster for ''The Grand Budapest Hotel' Poster for ''The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Director Wes Anderson has made movies with a very distinctive visual and storytelling style. Films such as "Rushmore," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Moonrise Kingdom," and his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," all provide vivid characters who teeter between haplessness and determination, rendered with humor and insight.

Anderson has worked with only two composers on his films, Alexandre Desplat and Mark Mothersbaugh, and has apparently requested a particular pallet of sound from both composers, emphasizing glockenspiels, mandolins, organ, and jaunty tempos.

David Garland presents musical highlights from Anderson's oeuvre, including the films named above, plus "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Bottle Rocket" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

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