Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cinema with Style Second Edition: MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson makes movies. Wes Anderson makes movies with style, a style that in turn makes the movie uniquely identifiable as a Wes Anderson film. The Royal Tennenbaums in my favorite Wes Anderson film & in due course it will get its own Cinema with Style post but that will be a post that will require much love and attention to detail. In the meantime, I will share with you the style of Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, a film I saw this past weekend on the Upper West Side.

Moonrise Kingdom is first & foremost a love story between Sam & Suzy, two preteens in the 1960s who find themselves abandoned by their families (Suzy has been emotionally abandoned & labeled a trouble child & Sam has been literally abandoned by his khaki scout troop & his foster family). Their love is innocent. They are confidantes, partners in adventure and loyal to one another in a world where they have both found consistency & loyalty to be lacking. Their style reflects their innocence, their time period, & their desire to exert their independence & individuality in a society that has labeled them as outcasts and to some extent written them off.

MEET SUZY:

SUZY LOVES:
Her Little Brother's Record Player
Her Cat
Writing Letters
Super Powers (her particular super power involves the pictured binoculars)
School Girl dresses
The Color Pink
Jaunty Berets
Her Lefty Scissors
Stolen Library Books (about children with superpowers)
SAM

MEET SAM:

SAM LOVES:
His Coonskin Cap
His bebe gun
Writing letters
Cartology
Setting up camp
Tighty whities
Cooking trout over an open fire
The idea of family
Suzy's little brother's record player
SUZY


Sam Loves Suzy, Suzy Loves Sam & they both love MOONRISE KINGDOM, the world they create together. Below are some ways you too can dwell in Moonrise Kingdom:

The Inspiration: 


I LOVE:

the lemon yellow
the mini dress
the "Sunday School" shoes
the black sailboat wallpaper (so reminiscent of the zebra wallpaper from the Royal Tennenbaums!)
the old-fashioned record player

The Interpretation:



Chalayan Mini Dress: $730
(grown up yellow mini dress)

A vintage print like the walls
A modest blouse fit for Susie




Pottery Barn Retro Record Player
A retro record player that is slightly less portable but also plays your iPod
aka this is not your little brother's record player

The Inspiration:


I LOVE:

the beret
the blending of different shades of pink
the coat/cape (she does have superpowers, after all)
the beetle earrings (difficult to see in this picture but made for suzy by sam)


The Interpretation:


(a more practical take on green beetle & fish hook earrings)
The Inspiration:


I LOVE:


the wildflowers
the structured suitcase
the picnic basket
the pale pink dress
the peter pan color

The Interpretation:
The Inspiration:


I LOVE:

 black feathers

The Interpretation:


The Inspiration:


I LOVE:

the old fashioned paint set
the square glasses
the fur hat


The Interpretation:
(For those of us without artistic talent)


A match made in heaven: a mix of the fur hat that Sam wears & the beret that Suzy wears



The Inspiration:


I LOVE:

the blue eyeshadow
the pale lip
the binoculars

The Interpretation:



And the Supporting Cast Inspires as Well:

WALT BISHOP:

 LAURA BISHOP:
The KHAKI SCOUTS & COUSIN BEN:
Khaki Scouts
Cousin Ben




The BISHOP BROTHERS:
SOCIAL SERVICES:
The NARRATOR:



I leave you with one final image confirming the importance of style in a Wes Anderson film:


And one product inspired by Suzy's love of stolen library books:


(because Suzy loves books about people with superpowers, the act of going on adventures & marrying men who also love adventure—making Osa Johnson's memoir the perfect book clutch for her)
(NOTE: an Osa Johnson print graces the main hallway in my apartment even though I am less adventure-prone than Suzy & Sam)




Stay tuned...

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