Over the last nearly 25 years and counting, Wes Anderson and Robert Yeoman have been one of cinema’s most essential director-cinematographer pairings. The filmmaking duo has crafted a signature style that has made Anderson one of the most recognizable auteurs in film history. One look at the frame is all it takes to know you’re watching a Wes Anderson film, whether it’s the hyper-stylized set design, the meticulous symmetry of a composition, or the precision of lateral camera movements.
Anderson has always been a highly visual filmmaker, going back to his acclaimed debut “Bottle Rocket” and his breakout sophomore work “Rushmore.” But over the years, his work has only gotten more and more stylized and meticulous in his compositions; compare “The French Dispatch” to “Rushmore,” and the latter feels practically loose and rough in comparison. It’s a cliché that every move Wes Anderson makes is a little more Wes Anderson than the very last — but when the results are as beautiful as they are, it’s hard to complain.
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Although he’s 11 features deep into his career, Anderson shows no signs of slowing down as an artist and filmmaker. His latest movie, June’s “Asteroid City,” is one of his single most acclaimed, drawing raves for its heartbreaking story of grief and thoughtful exploration of the nature of art. And it’s not his only movie this year; set for release on Netflix this October after a Venice Film Festival Premiere, “The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar” is Anderson’s first short film. An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s short story collection of the same name, the film will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, alongside Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, Rupert Friend, and Richard Ayoade.
With “Asteroid City” now streaming on Peacock, we’ve refreshed our list of the best shots in Anderson’s catalogue. Entries are unranked, and listed in order of film release.
[Editor’s note: This list was originally published in June 2019, and has been updated multiple times.]
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