For anyone whose appetite for Wes Anderson was whetted — but not sated — by last month’s SNL horror parody, the director has delivered a small appetizer before his upcoming film "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
The short film "Castello Cavalcanti" — posted to YouTube Wednesday — was made for Prada and is as "Wes Andersonian" as Wes Anderson gets: vintage music, long tracking shots, Jason Schwartzman.
Set in Italy in 1955, the film tells the story of a mustachioed race car driver (Schwartzman ) who crashes his bright red coupe in an impossibly picturesque village square. Naturally everyone speaks rapidly, sometimes in unison and in calm, declarative statements laden with existential meaning. Like I said, very Wes Anderson.
Schwartzman’s character soon learns that the townspeople are his ancestors and eventually he makes a small but probably important choice.
It’s a charming film that, much like "Hotel Chevalier" before "The Darjeeling Limited," shows how Wes Anderson’s uber-stylized autuerism is well- (some might say best-) suited to punchy little short stories.
— Jim Dalrymple II
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