Monday, October 15, 2007

Saw the Darjeeling Limited again on Sunday. My feelings are pretty much the same as before. I meant to write something proving my earlier thesis, but I'm too tired to do that now.

My biggest discovery (prompted by an elbow from M.) was that the ipod in the Darjeeling Limited is not the same ipod as in Hotel Chevalier. In my mind, this is a major continuity error, almost as bad as the appearance of the futuristic World Book in The Squid and the Whale.

I'm really surprised that amidst a few "Wes Anderson is racist" articles and postings and discussings, I haven't seen anything asserting that "Wes Anderson has major issues with women". What are you waiting for, outrage havers?


Gerry Canavan said...

I wrote about it today, too. Is the iPod thing such a big deal? *Obviously* his original iPod broke as he made he was from France to India, forcing him to purchase a new one.

The World Book thing is pretty bad, though.

blucarbnpinwheel said...

I figured that if anyone could facilitate obsolete iPod nostalgia, it would be WA. I thought it was kind of intentional...but now I suppose not.

I just looked back on that Steely Dan letter, and it turns out that Walter Becker suggested that the Darjeeling Limited be named/created as "Bottle rocket Two"...and is that so far from what happened?

5 Red Pandas said...

Saw Darjeeling yesterday. Not sure how I feel. I liked it better than Life Aquatic though.

Re: Wes's issues with women- Basically, he doesn't deal with the interior lives of women and generally isn't interested in exploring what makes them tick.

They are either objects of desire (but are never the cure) or cold, unobtainable and unknowable. He has lots of cold, absent mothers (or dead ones). Then again, do you really "know" any of his characters? Do you ever feel like you could have a real conversation with any of them?

blucarbnpinwheel said...

An interesting question re: "knowing" Wes Anderson characters.

I guess I feel like I know them, but in a different way from having a conversation with them. I can't imagine conversing with many fictional characters (or even real people who I "know" through the media).

Anyway...specifically to the Wes Anderson characters, they don't seem like they'd be such good listeners, do they?