American Auteur: Wes Anderson

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BIFF’S NEW FREE FILM SERIES
CONTINUES THURSDAY, MARCH 25
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Join us Thursday, March 25 at 4PM for the second in a series of monthly discussions with Howie Arkans. We kicked-off with a wonderful discussion about Jim Jarmusch, and next up is Wes Anderson on March 25th. We will wrap this 3-part series with Noah Baumbach on Thursday, April 22nd. All films in the series are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. (Rental fees may apply.)

** American Auteur: Wes Anderson
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Thursday, March 25 | 4PM to 5:30PM
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson’s parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up. During childhood, Anderson also began writing plays and making super-8 movies. He was educated at Westchester High School and then St. John’s, a private prep school in Houston, Texas, which was later to prove an inspiration for the film RUSHMORE (1998).

Anderson attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in philosophy. It was there that he met Owen Wilson
. They became friends and began making short films, some of which aired on a local cable-access station. One of their shorts was BOTTLE ROCKET(1993), which starred Owen and his brother Luke Wilson. The short was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was successfully received, so much so that they received funding to make a feature-length version. BOTTLE ROCKET (1996) was not a commercial hit, but it gained a cult audience and high-profile fans, which included Martin Scorsese.

Success followed with films such as RUSHMORE (1998), THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (2004), THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS (2001) and an animated feature, FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009). The latter two films earned Anderson Oscar nominations.
To participate, stream GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and MOONRISE KINGDOM through the links below BEFORE Thursday, March 25. Howie will propose questions, share clips and lead a discussion of the films, answering questions and criticisms. BIFF is very pleased to be presenting this fun, engaging and educational series and we are grateful for Howie’s time and expertise!
Register Here (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WPzuEr4sTxS-hm01jpW9WA)
Your Homework

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years under an exceptional concierge.
Rent THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL here (https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Budapest-Hotel-Ralph-Fiennes/dp/B00JB3AOEY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2LT09XCKBQ07B&dchild=1&keywords=grand+budapest+hotel+prime+instant+video&qid=1615501630&s=instant-video&sprefix=grand+bud%2Cinstant-video%2C171&sr=1-1)

MOONRISE KINGDOM: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Rent MOONRISE KINGDOM here (https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Budapest-Hotel-Ralph-Fiennes/dp/B00JB3AOEY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2LT09XCKBQ07B&dchild=1&keywords=grand+budapest+hotel+prime+instant+video&qid=1615501630&s=instant-video&sprefix=grand+bud%2Cinstant-video%2C171&sr=1-1)

** NEXT UP! NOAH BAUMBACH on APRIL 22
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** THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and FRANCES HA
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THE SQUID AND THE WHALE: Follows two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Rent THE SQUID AND THE WHALE here (https://www.amazon.com/Squid-Whale-Jeff-Daniels/dp/B07L4R77TS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=27NJNHU2RS939&dchild=1&keywords=the+squid+and+the+whale&qid=1615501860&s=instant-video&sprefix=THE+SQUID%2Cinstant-video%2C160&sr=1-1)

FRANCES HA: A New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.
Rent FRANCES HA here (https://www.amazon.com/Frances-Ha-Greta-Gerwig/dp/B00FVYSZ20/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=FRANCES+HA&qid=1615502025&s=instant-video&sr=1-1)

Register here for Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach!
Wes Anderson—March 25 (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucuCvpzkvG9NY12_ztLlSh-bhgvv8kxpv )
Noah Baumbach—April 22 (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMofuurpzIoHNIdVTu3u_psDfvRqTTR_ous)
The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford Howie has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see THE JAZZ SINGER remake in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters and has been a BIFF REEL Friend for years.

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