Last night, I came home from work and Jarren was re-watching Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. I’m a fan of all his films, but Rushmore is probably my favorite, because it showcases the talent of Anderson at a crucial point in his career as a filmmaker: fresh off the cult-success of Bottle Rocket but before his vision got a little too grand in The Life Aquatic (Royal Tennebaums was great, but more so for the ensemble performances). I could watch Rushmore on repeat, and not get fatigued. Of course, Anderson’s selection of pop music is another selling point. He exercises his love for 60s/70s garage rock and folk-pop in all his films, but Rushmore features some of the most iconic examples. His pop soundtracks are often something Anderson fans eagerly anticipate, with each new work.
With his next film, the India-set The Darjeeling Limited, I was happy to hear some familair Kinks tunes in the first trailer. And now, according to Rock Daily (who recently saw the film), it seems that the final film is less-populated by signature Anderson selections: some Kinks and the Rolling Stones, but apparently most of the music will be symphonic and international. Rock Daily indicates the use of Debussy’s beautiful “Clair de Lune” and the trailer credits claim the film will include music from the films of Satyajit Ray and Merchant Ivory. The Ray connection is especially intriguing, given that the father of Bollywood cinema (scratch that: father of indie, Indian cinema) was reportedly a major influence on The Darjeeling Limited. It’s still unclear how the music of Ray and Merchant Ivory will factor into Darjeeling, but given Anderson’s music-and-film track record, I think we’re in good hands.