November 17, 2013

Catch the Homages to Fellini in Wes Anderson's Short for Prada 'Castello Cavalcanti'

Castello CavalcantiWes Anderson is at it again with his second branded film, Castello Cavalcanti, marketing the "Candy L’Eau" fragrance from Italian luxury fashion house Prada. Castello, like his and Roman Coppola's first installment for Prada, is set in Europe, only instead of France, takes place in a small Italian town circa 1955. The director's signature style is seen throughout the 8-minute short, however his specific nods to historical Italian cinema, namely the work of Fellini, offer an added bonus to Anderson's fans. Continue on to check out the short.

The story follows Jed Cavalcanti (Jason Schwartzman), a Formula One driver racing in the Molte Miglia, who just so happens to crash his race car in the square of the small Italian town of Castello Cavalcanti, which just so happens to be the birthplace of his ancestors.

The plot is simple, more so than that of Anderson and Coppola's first installment, Candy. However, like CandyCastello pays homage to European filmmakers that undoubtedly influenced both Anderson and Coppola. Slate did a great piece that reveals the many references made in the film: a Christ statue like the one from Fellini's La Dolce Vita, the race car driving like that in AmarcordEven Jed's great great grand uncle's name, Michelangelo, could be seen as a nod towards Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni.

Left: A scene from La Dolce Vita. Right: A scene from Castello Cavalcanti.
Still from Amarcord

Check out Wes Anderson's newest short for Prada below. (By the way, that arresting Italian beauty is Willem Dafoe's wife, Giada Colagrande.)

What do you think of Wes Anderson's latest ad for Prada? Can you spot any other possible homages to Italian filmmaking? Let us know in the comments.

Link: Wes Anderson Honors Fellini in a Delightful New Short Film -- Slate

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I'm so glad more people are becoming accustomed with Wesley's work. I still find people that have never heard of the man, but I must say, this is one of those cases where the more people that know of him the better. I think he'll always stay true to his roots.

November 17, 2013 at 8:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Child name could was Tinto(tinto bras) because the bus scene with the reflecting on bus door closing(cafe) remember tinto bras Snack bar budapest!Exellent work!

November 17, 2013 at 8:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Is that a Tinto Brass namecheck? Well played sir.

/I have no idea why Wes is so beloved. This really is Generation Sellout. I know, I sound old.

November 18, 2013 at 1:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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marklondon

C'mon it's really easy to see why people don't care for his films buuuuut...I love em!

November 18, 2013 at 5:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Conan

I really wish he had crashed his race cat instead of car.

November 18, 2013 at 1:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Juan

haha 'car' guilty is as guilty does.

November 18, 2013 at 1:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Juan

Anderson in the same sentence as Fellini? Spit.
The man has been making the same derivative idea for well over a decade.

You know what I couldn't care about less? Rich people's problems.
And since Royal Tennuambaums, that's about all he has seen fit to show us.

His quirky magpie style got old long ago. Deserves no space on this site.

November 18, 2013 at 4:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

What about Life Aquatic? Love that film.

November 18, 2013 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Probably my most-liked of his - but it's still an aloof film about rich people's problems.

November 18, 2013 at 7:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

If your such a socialist then why can't you see they are actually poking fun at the rich?

Do you really think not being able to find a leopard shark are rich people problems?

November 19, 2013 at 6:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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How about Batman? They are films about rich peoples problems too.

November 19, 2013 at 6:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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What's wrong with rich people?

November 21, 2013 at 5:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jime

You're right, your films are so much better Fresno Bob

November 18, 2013 at 7:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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carlos

Well let us know when your film comes out mate, i'm sure it will be super fresh.

Anderson is one of only a handful of filmmakers currently making film's that you can identify as his own with 1 frame and we are lucky to have him. Not to mention the writing is spectacular, from Rushmore through to Moonrise Kingdom. Yes many of his characters are wealthy, much like his hero J.D Sallinger's characters. Does that make them any less valid or interesting? Not to me, I could care less as long as they are interesting.

But please enlighten me with your efforts.

November 19, 2013 at 1:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Lucian

Well let us know when your film comes out mate, i'm sure it will be super fresh.

Anderson is one of only a handful of filmmakers who makes film's that you can identify as his own with 1 frame. Not to mention the writing is spectacular, from Rushmore through to Moonrise Kingdom. Yes many of his characters are wealthy, much like his hero J.D Sallinger's characters. Does that make them any less valid or interesting? does every film need to be a fruitvale station?

November 19, 2013 at 1:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Lucian

You really can't see past his style? Moonrise Kingdom left nothing for you to take from it accept your disdain for the way in which this artist expresses himself?

November 19, 2013 at 1:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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*except.

Long day. Shhh.

November 19, 2013 at 11:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Steven

While I would definitely agree with you concerning his worst work (Darjeeling Limited and Life Aquatic), his Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox are extremely impressive and show how he has grown as a filmmaker. That, and they seem to be about more normal people--maybe even a bit down on their luck. His style has definitely evolved. His new picture looks like more of even better.

November 21, 2013 at 10:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jonathan

Why is it when someone expresses their opinion of an artist's work, someone else has to retort, "Hey let's see your work bro!" It's so fucking obnoxious. I guess cinephiles can't exist anymore unless they are filmmakers as well.

November 21, 2013 at 4:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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sbsk

If anyone no lika Moonrise Kingdom i puncha them in the face!

November 22, 2013 at 1:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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funkydmunky

It was necessary Wes Anderson to recreate this trite Italian cliché?

November 22, 2013 at 5:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fabio