Comparing the Visual Styles of Stanley Kubrick & Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson has one of the most easily recognizable styles filmmaking—recognizable in part because of all of the great directors that influence him.
Orson Welles, François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard are just a few of the great auteurs that left their mark on Anderson, but when it comes to visual style, Stanley Kubrick seems to be the one who inspired much of his signature camera work, compositions, and blocking. In this supercut, we get to see the work of Kubrick and Anderson side by side for comparison.
Wes Anderson said once in an interview with Paul Holdengräber that François Truffaut's The 400 Blows "was one of the reasons I started thinking I would like to try to make movies." The influence of the French New Wave on his filmmaking has been brought up many, many times—color palettes, focus on children or childlike adults, romance, adventure, and revolution. Finding influences in his films has even been likened to going on a scavenger hunt: Louis Malle, Charles Schultz, and more are easy to mark off your list.
But Kubrick's style is certainly primordial Anderson, albeit a darker, more sinister version. His slow-motion tracking shots, zooms, whip pans, vivid colors, and unusual compositions helped give Anderson his "esque"—even if he isn't overtly paying homage or conscious of his recreations. But, as evidenced by the supercut, Kubrick's definitely there.