Fox Searchlight has released a new batch of 13 production photos from Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The Darjeeling Limited. The official plot description follows:
Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other — to become brothers again like they used to be. Their “spiritual quest”, however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases, a printer, and a laminating machine. At this moment, a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins.
Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.
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Update: The short film is available online. Watch it NOW.
We’ve learned that Wes Anderson’s 13-minute short film Hotel Chevalier starring Jason Schartzman and Natalie Portman will not, according to trade reports and Jeff Wells, be showing before The Darjeeling Limited after all. Hotel Chevalier acts as a prequel to The Darjeeling Limited. The short was filmed way before Darjeeling started production, and Anderson is showing the short before Darjeeling film festival screenings. I guess the plan is to release the short on the internet and on the eventual DVD. I’ve heard the short is actually pretty well linked to the film’s main story, and I believe Fox Searchlight should seriously reconsider, and release the film nationwide with the movie (or at least in the major cities or something).
The short takes place in one room of a French hotel (Hotel Chevalier) and serves as “a short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.” Hotel Chevalier screened Out of competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival, and is also scheduled to make an appearance at the New York Film Festival.
And the first Darjeeling Limited reviews are starting to come in, and they don’t look good. The Hollywood Reporter writes:
“The whimsical and insightful charm that Wes Anderson and his filmmaking pals have displayed in such films as “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” curdles ruinously in the Indian sun that shines so brightly in their smug and self-satisfied new film The Darjeeling Limited.”
“But when current affairs are in such a parlous state, it’s almost unforgivable to make a film about stupid American men traveling abroad with not the slightest awareness of or reference to anything that’s going on in the world. The film is overly pleased with itself, and the characters are way too self-absorbed. There’s never a man-eating tiger around when you need one.”
Ouch. For the record, I’m a big fan of Wes Anderson’s earlier work. Bottle Rocket is a great indie comedy, but Rushmore is his perfect film. Many people love The Royal Tenenbaums more, but to me it seemed like the beginning of Anderson’s movement of being quirky just to be quirky. And even then, I still very much enjoyed Tenenbaums and even The Life Aquatic. The Darjeeling Limited looks nothing like his earlier films, aside from the returning cast (Owen and Jason), the soundtrack, and choice of camera angles. Okay, may-be it isn’t far off – but at least the characters, at first glance, seem to be less quirky just to be quirky than his last two films. And I’m still excited to see this flick despite THR’s negative review.
photo credit: NataliePortman.com
A couple days back, we posted four behind the scenes videos from Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Fox Searchlight has sent us three more videos, again, accompanied by description from Wes Anderson himself. Check them out after the jump.
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Fox Searchlight has sent us four behind the scenes videos for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, which hits select theaters on September 29th 2007. It is rather strange timing to release these videos on a day which has the media reporting on the health problems of star Owen Wilson. Either way, you can check them out after the jump, provided with segment synopses written by Wes himself!
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Pop Candy have gotten their hands on a sample of the track list for the soundtrack to The Darjeeling Limited. One of the highlights of Wes Anderson’s films is without a doubt, the soundtrack. So you might want to fire up your iTunes and create your own Darjeeling mix in preparation.
- The Rolling Stones’ Play With Fire
- The Kinks’ This Time Tomorrow
- The Kinks’ Strangers
- The Kinks’ Powerman
- Joe Dassin’s Champs Elysees
- Peter Sarstedt’s Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)
- Debussy’s Clair De Lune
- Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92.
We’ll keep you updated on the soundtrack. The Darjeeling Limited hits theaters on September 29th, 2007.
“Every movie I make is about someone who can’t fit in, can’t make things work or is dealing with failure,” Anderson tells The Guardian.
Wes Anderson’s (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums) latest film The Darjeeling Limited will be accompanied by a 12-minute short called Hotel Chevalier, which apparently acts as a prequel to the main feature. Has that ever been done before? I wonder if the movie (or short) can be watched stand-alone, or if the two stories require each other. And if that is the case, is the short film really a short film at all? I’m looking forward to this one.
We warned you last week, and now here it is – the movie trailer for Wes Anderson’s new movie The Darjeeling Limited. The film is “An emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.”
Darjeeling seems to be everything I imagined it would be. I’m happy that Anderson decided to use his regular music selections and not some Indian tunes. The soundtracks for Anderson’s other films are just so wonderful, usually consisting of a certain type of rock music which most of the time sounds like it came from a short period 30 years ago. And an all Indian soundtrack would have been disappointing for most fans. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
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The theatrical movie poster for Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums director Wes Anderson’s next film The Darjeeling Limited was released online tonight. The film’s trailer will debut this weekend in front of Fox Searchlight’s Sunshine and Once. I’m sure the trailer will show up online next week. We posted some photos from the film last month (click here to see them). You can also click on the poster image to the right to enlarge.
According to the web description (derived from a leaked script draft), the story follows three brothers who trek through India to find an albino tiger that’s actually their reincarnated father. Although Anderson insists that they are not searching for a tiger. The estranged trio consists of Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson. The Darjeeling Limited is set to hit theaters on December 29th 2007.