Werner Herzog. 1982
Jirón Putumayo 271, Iquitos, Perú
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Owen and Wes, Royal Tenenbaums.
What interested me in this picture is here you see these two longtime friends, one directing and the other listening, working together. Having been an older person observing them, having seen them before many years together, it’s quite touching, isn’t it? And the oddness of the composition, too. The camera looks like it’s dropping out the window. But also the diagonal of Wes and Owen — one at the top, one at the bottom, the strong visual impact of these two friends. It’s more an emotional connection between the two of them, because they even have the same hat — which is so odd to me because it is a hat that they wouldn’t have worn themselves. At this point, they’re still so young. Now, fast forward to this amazing thing that happened this past year and the year before. Last year, Wes’s movie, Moonrise Kingdom, opened the Cannes Film Festival, and the year before Owen’s movie, Midnight in Paris, opened the Cannes Film Festival. Imagine the likelihood of two boys who were born in this place together, who went to school together, with no connection to the movie business, both winding up in that situation back to back.
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