Wes Anderson Forces Pauline Kael To See A Private Screening of RUSHMORE
”I’m a filmmaker, and I’ve just finished a movie called ‘Rushmore,’ and I was hoping maybe I could …”
forgive the present tense, this happened about 14 years ago (when forcing Pauline Kael to review your new movie was still something you could do without a medium). Anderson had always admired the savagely brilliant film critic, and it was obviously very important to him that he hear the retired Kael’s feedback about the film that was poised to make or break his career. so the young Mr. Anderson trekked out to Kael’s home in the Catskills and practically dragged her to the nearest movie theater. it’s a sweet little story, one Anderson felt important enough to include in the introduction of the published screenplay.
Here it is as it appeared in The New York Times on January 31st, 1999.
Moonrise Kingdom — which I think ranks right up there with the best of Wes Anderson’s live-action work — hits big city theaters on May 25.