Interview with Wes Anderson (2000)    

Curated by the Onion AV Club and Cold Bacon
Onion: Whatís your approach to integrating songs into your films? They play a key role in both Bottle Rocket and Rushmore.

WA: The songs are always a part of... Thatís just always key stuff for me. Some of the ideas are kind of inspired by the songs, and I always want to use music to tell the story and give the movie a certain kind of mood. Thatís always essential to me.

O: Do you ever hear a song and think, ďI have to have that in a movie?Ē

WA: Yeah, I do all the time.

O: Whatís an example of that, a case where a song actually made it in?

WA: Every single song thatís in Rushmore.

O: Really?

WA: Yeah. Theyíre all songs where... With Rushmore, I originally had songs I said I wanted to use in the movie, and then I did research in this certain area of music, British Invasion music. I would just listen to songs and Iíd know what should go in there. Thereís a song by the Stones called ďI Am Waiting,Ē which I was listening to a lot when I was driving around, and suddenly I realized a certain part of the story... That whole part of the story evolved out of the feeling that that song has. Itís like it was right for a certain part of the story.

CB: So it was right for a certain part of the story?

O: Ignore him. So what drew you to the British Invasion in particular? Was it the school uniforms?

WA: Um, yeah. Sort of that feeling. That combined with the teenage-angst stuff.

CB: What about Coldplay? How come you didnít use Coldplay in Rushmore? Igby Goes Down had Coldplay. Theyíre really popular.


CB: Songs played a key role in both Bottle Rocket and Rushmore.

O: Some people would say that video is providing that.

CB: What are we talking about?

O: But I think Bottle Rocket is fairly rare as a movie that truly has found a second life on video.

WA: Video definitely provides that.

CB: Wait, what happened to Bottle Rocket?

WA: The sad thing is that watching a movie on video is not the same. And also, when something is discovered by people in movie theaters, itís discovered by people who are all together, and thereís a sort of feeling of an event about it. And when itís on video, itís like something is being discovered in the library or something. Itís like having a second life in public libraries. Itís just like individuals, and itís less of a... We canít participate in it the same way.

CB: And this is especially interesting because did you know that two years from now, Landmark is going to show Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is one of your favorite movies, on the big screen, at midnight? Itís going to kick ass.

O: Listenó

CB: So hey, back in high school did you ever used to sneak out of class and hit Andreís Tea Room right next to that Baskin Robbins. That place kicked ass. I think the Baskin Robbins is gone though. I think itís a Krispy Kreme or something now.

WA: Umm.

CB: Are you saying umm or mmm?


O: Does it bother you to be potentially pegged as the head of a new movement? I know thereís a Film Comment article that mentions you as part of something called Ďthe new sincerity.í Do you pay attention to any of that?

WA: Well, I donít know. Who else is in Ďthe new sincerity?í

O: I donít know. I think itís just you at this point, and theyíre waiting for people to line up behind you.

WA: Oh, well, Iím not waiting for that line to form, and I donít expect it to. I donít know if thereís ever going to be much of a movement in that direction. It sounds like one that could be boring for a lot of people.

O: Why is that?

WA: I donít know. Thatís probably just some glib answer. Movement? I would be into a movement. But Iím really not aware of any movement.

O: So you donít plan to draft a Dogme í95-style statement.

WA: It sounds like fun, but it also sounds like something I would be more likely to do when I was 14 years old.

CB: Are you saying Dogme í95 sucks? Because Iíve never heard of it. I did see Dogma, though, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. That sucked, didnít it? Would you say you could have made a better movie when you 14?

CB: Cool.
glib \ 'glib \ adj glib-ber; glib-best [prob. modif. of LG glibberig slippery] (1599) 1 archaic : SMOOTH, SLIPPERY 2 a : marked by ease and informality : NONCHALANT b : showing little forethought or preparation : OFFHAND < ~ answers > c : lacking depth and substance : SUPERFICIAL, PAT < mouthing ~ solutions to knotty problems > 3 : marked by ease and fluency in speaking or writing often to the point of being insincere or deceitful - glib-ly adv - glib-ness n

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