For Houston-born director and filmmaker Wes Anderson, this month’s Cannes Film Festival would have marked an eight-year reunion of the event as he planned to show hotly-anticipated project, The French Dispatch. The director last attended Cannes for the world premiere of Moonrise Kingdom which opened the 2012 edition of the festival and is his only trip to the city. Published in The New York Times, Anderson reflected on fond memories of the film event as well as what he’s doing in quarantine.
“I have a 4-year-old daughter so, like so many others in our situation, I am now a part-time amateur schoolteacher,” Anderson said. “Much of what I am reading has to do with ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, insects and the Amazon rainforest. But also: Patricia Highsmith, James Baldwin, Elmore Leonard and a book about plagues.”
As for the 51-year-old’s watch list, it’s 11 classic films you should most definitely watch ASAP. His favourites include: “Alice Adams” (1935), “Beat the Devil” (1954), “Nothing Sacred” (1937), “Do the Right Thing” (1989), “The Long Voyage Home” (1940), “A Story From Chikamatsu” (1954), “La Grande Bouffe” (1973), “The Passionate Friends” (1949), “Station Six-Sahara” (1962), “What Price Hollywood” (1932) and “Winter Kills” (1979).
Anderson follows the likes of Quentin Tarantino who shared his classic film reviews as well as Hedi Slimane’s own watch list.
Did someone say movie night?