Wes Anderson has shared a selection of films he is watching during the current period of self-isolation that is affecting millions around the world.
Anderson, famed for his films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited and more, contacted independent streaming service The Criterion Channel in order to offer his opinion on some recommended viewing: “Director Wes Anderson writes us occasional letters to let us know what he’s been enjoying,” reads a recent Criterion newsletter.
In his letter, Anderson writes: “Dear Criterion friends, I’ve been streaming and Blu-raying Criterion movies every day and just wanted to mention: Raymond Bernard! Anne-Marie written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? I’d never heard of it.”
He continues: “And Les misérables is a masterpiece. I love this Harry Bauer. Also: Wooden Crosses. I had never watched Arthur Hiller’s The Out-of-Towners before, either. It is a great time machine, that one.”
Reeling off film after film, Anderson adds: “[I’m] Revisiting Louis Malle documentaries, too. Especially … And the Pursuit of Happiness.
“How fortunate we are to have this Louvre of movies at our fingertips!”
See the full list of films, below.
Wes Anderson’s recommended self-isolation films:
- Les Miserables – Raymond Bernard, 1934.
- Anne-Marie – Raymond Bernard, 1936.
- Wooden Crosses – Raymond Bernard, 1932.
- The Out-of-Towners – Arthur Hiller, 1970.
- And the Pursuit of Happiness – Louis Malle, 1986.
- An Angel at My Table – Jane Campion, 1990.
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