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Fucking Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson

by john andrew fredrick

Wes Anderson is now seen as one of America's greatest and most stylistic filmmakers. With movies like The Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Grand Budapest HotelMoonrise Kingdom, and The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson has solidified his place among the best and brightest of contemporary filmmakers. 

Anderson's early movies, the films that rocketed him to stardom, are often written about separately and in contrast to his later films. In Fucking Innocent, John Andrew Fredrick, who has taught the early films at the University of Southern California, examines Anderson's three earliest films and discusses each individually and as the burgeoning of the art of one of the most talented of American directors. 

Fredrick's criticism looks at Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums in this fun and sharp critique.

 

Certain artists—one might call them our poets of nostalgia—are easy to venerate, harder to penetrate. I’m thinking of Nabokov, or (his natural American descendent) Wes Anderson. For all their beauty, their elegance, their humor, the work remains so cautiously composed it might be difficult to enter into an intimate (as opposed to merely personal) relationship with it. Here comes John Andrew Fredrick, though, whose Fucking Innocent does exactly that. With a reckless, loose-limbed intelligence, a deep well of erudition, and a truly infectious love for his subject—a love that never tips over into worship—Frederick lights up an oeuvre from within, and does it so delightfully one forgets one is reading criticism at all. Indeed, he shatters the mirror. For all its talk of self-reflection—Anderson’s great and abiding theme, after all—Fucking Innocent delivers much more: the world and the artist and the sky.
— Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine
This is stimulating and attuned commentary. Himself a cutting-edge musician as well as fictional narrator, Fredrick has captured brilliantly and exactly the dominant key signatures, ironic tempos, and visual syncopations in Anderson’s early breakthrough narratives and performed their psychological rhythms for us with new illumination, in riffs all his own. He gets the down-beat, and the off-beat, of this cinema just right, including its obsessive, madcap, and always reflexive symmetries
— Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa, whose most recent work is Closed Circuits: Screening Narrative Surveillance

Rare Bird Books
Paperback, July 11 2017: ISBN: 978-1-945572-55-5
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John Andrew Fredrick was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Santa Barbara, California. After receiving his Ph.D. from The University of California at Santa Barbara, he formed an indie rock band called The Black Watch (www.facebook.com/theblackwatchmusic) that has released 17 records to considerable underground acclaim. He has taught in The Writing Program at USC and in the English departments at Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount University, and UCSB. At UCSB Fredrick won the Graduate Students Award for Professor of the Year in 1987. He plays tennis at least five times a week and sometimes puts on show his abstract paintings of book covers for such classics as Madame Bovary and The Catcher in the Rye. He is the author of the novels The King of Good Intentions, The King of Good Intentions II, and Your Caius Aquilla

 

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