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Watch: Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe & Jeff Goldblum Discuss Struggles On ‘The Life Aquatic’

Watch: Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe & Jeff Goldblum Discuss Struggles On ‘The Life Aquatic’

With this spring’s big hit “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson displayed a new level of mastery in his filmmaking, so much so that the actual tightrope act of disparate elements rarely reared its head. That wasn’t always the case though: 2004’s “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” repeatedly tipped over into uncertainty and shaky ambition for the director, and now Criterion have released a funny, informal look back by Anderson and the film’s cast to explore exactly why.

Celebrating the Blu-Ray release of “The Life Aquatic” next week, Criterion have released an online-exclusive clip, “Bittersweet Remembrances” gathering Anderson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum to discuss the various setbacks and challenges experienced during the film’s production. Taking place largely on sea, at night, and on various European coasts, as Anderson puts it, “there was no benefit to that.”

Still, the director elaborates on sticking to his vision, and also debates the correct spelling and pronunciation of “wont” with Goldblum; meanwhile Dafoe and Murray recount an especially cold night where Murray was required to stay in freezing water for an extended period of time.

It’s a humorous, fond little piece on one of Anderson’s more shaggy efforts, definitely worth checking out. Watch the clip below.

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My favorite Wes Anderson film. All of his films have an adventurous nature but this one tops them all to me. I love it dearly. ~Jason M.

Samuel Marston

I adore 'Aquatic.'

I wouldn't change anything.

Jackly Bupkiss

'on one of Anderson’s more shaggy efforts'

– according to you, yes, for me (and most I've spoken to) it is the finale of Wes Anderson's perfect triptych which started with Rushmore, and continued with The Royal Tenenbaums.

If anything, it is my certain belief that Anderson will fail to live up to the grandeur, humour and genuine heart that surfaced in those three films. But some people prefer overly saccharine and surprisingly shallow childish rom-coms, or the bloated indulgences of a Euro-centric romp…
Those same people probably only started enjoying Nicolas Winding Refn once he made Drive though, so really they don't know jack about bupkiss.

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