Among the most iconic of film directors, Sir Alfred Hitchcock was meticulous and clear about his aesthetic and technical choices. In 1962, Hitchcock granted noted French director Francois Truffaut a week of interviews at L.A.'s Universal Studios. "Hitchcock/Truffaut," the title of the subsequent 1966 book and a new documentary featuring those interviews, proves as insightful and revealing today as then.
Writer/director Wes Anderson has done it again. After starting off with peculiar films, such as "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," he created that bliss of entertainment he called "Moonrise Kingdom" last year. Now, with Hugo Guinness, he has written a confectionary script that's a story within a story within etc.
Film directors crave recognition as distinctive, unique voices and stylists. Add a bonus for entertainment value, and this achievement becomes exceedingly rare. But not for writer/director Wes Anderson whose signature defines his films as definitively HIS--a combination of an offbeat, appealing humor and an atypical, stylistic presentation. Anderson is, in essence, fresh and original.