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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Checking In At The Hotel Chevalier (2007)

In case you didn’t know (And how could you not!), Wes Anderson’s new film The Darjeeling Limited comes out tomorrow (and by tomorrow, I mean in a few weeks because I’m not in LA, New York or San Francisco). However, today we get an opportunity, thanks to Apple, to see the short film Hotel Chevalier, a thirteen minute precursor to The Darjeeling Limited starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. It’s classic Anderson in its style, great music selection, dead pan acting and a subtle to not-so-subtle mix of tragedy and humor. Since I haven’t seen The Darjeeling Limited I do not know what impact this little film will have on the narrative or Jason Schwartzmen’s character, but it stands on its own as another great example of the refined and original style that Wes Anderson has created.

Plan to stay a night at the Hotel Chevalier

Hotel Chevalier on IMDB
Interview with Wes Anderson in The New York Times

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