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Hotel Chevalier

Got the Wes Anderson short Hotel Chevalier yet?

Hotel Chevalier

It's free on iTunes. I would have embedded a clip, but couldn't find one that wasn't focused solely on Natalie Portman's nudity.

Hotel is a thirteen-minute prequel to the forthcoming The Darjeeling Limited, which Alison Wilmore, a film critic whose opinions are usually pretty well-aligned with mine, has already broken my heart about:

Wes Anderson, we love you, but you're bringing us down. The hermetically sealed world of your films — the man-children, the inexplicable melancholy, the flat, wide shots, the fetishized artifacts of adolescence and carefully chosen vintage pop soundtracks — has always resonated so strongly for us. We shrugged off all accusations of tweeness, we defended "The Life Aquatic" against the most virulent of critics, we saw in that AmEx commercial promising signs of self-awareness and gentle self-mockery. But with "The Darjeeling Limited" you may have finally vanished into your own well-contemplated navel and, we're sorry to say, lost us entirely.

Exactly what I dreaded happening. Sigh. Well, I'll probably go see it anyway. And maybe get out my copy of Rushmore again.



beth · 27 September, 12:38 PM · #

Wes Anderson is becoming a parody of himself.

Jen · 27 September, 12:47 PM · #

I know. I kept liking his films in spite of themselves – and this short isn’t bad, on its own – but altogether, it’s time for something new from him.

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