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Wes Anderson lists six films to watch during lockdown


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, also detailed a streaming TV series to get stuck into during the prolonged period of strict social distancing measures.

Speaking to French publication Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, the director said: “I had discovered it years ago, but I hadn’t really gotten into it,” Anderson said of his first pick, Marco Ferreri’s The Conjugal Bed. “I just saw him again and this time I loved it.”

Anderson, clearly on a Ferreri binge, included two more titles by iconic Italian director which included 1964 effort The Ape Women and 1973s The Big Feast. “I can also recommend two other feature films that I liked: La Blonde de la station 6, by Seth Holt, and Le Cavalier du Désert, by William Wyler, with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan. “

Elsewhere, Anderson somewhat surprisingly picks out Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s immensely popular Netflix series Better Call Saul as recommended watching, stating: “It’s simply my favourite series.”

See the list, below.

Wes Anderson’s quarantine film suggestions:

  • The Conjugal Bed – Marco Ferreri, 1963.
  • The Ape Women – Marco Ferreri, 1964.
  • The Big Feast – Marco Ferreri, 1973.
  • The Westerner – William Wyler, 1940.
  • Station Six-Sahara – Seth Holt, 1963.
  • Better Call Saul – Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, 2015.

Elsewhere in the conversation, for those looking to turn their attentions away from the screen, Anderson recommended two books to read during this time”

  • The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, by Sam Wasson
  • Louder and Funnier, by PG Wodehouse

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 16th, more than 2,091,052 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 135,227 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.

As a result, Anderson’s eagerly anticipated new film, The French Dispatch, has seen its release date delayed.