Rushmore in Louisville; and Mr. Ray Davies of The Kinks

The Louisville Film Society is screening Rushmore on Tuesday, February 19, 7.30 pm at the Actors Theatre. Admission is free, but you must RSVP ahead of time (502.584.1205).

(thanks to the Backseat Sandbar)

Today’s Boston Globe has an article/review on that well-respected man, Ray Davies. M. Davies’ new CD, Working Man’s Cafe, comes out on Tuesday.

P.S. 100 members in our Facebook group to date! Please join, if you haven’t already!

These Days

A rather lovely version of “These Days” (from The Royal Tenenbaums) by St. Vincent, found thanks to aerolls.

Squids Eye Records on the cheap

Some Yankee Racers are rather enthralled with the recording cooperative called Squids Eye Records, out of Dayton, Ohio (see what the Racers have been saying). They having a great deal going until tomorrow on their MySpace page: CDs for $5.00 including shipping. Not only do you support great indie music, but you get it REALLY cheap

New album from Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós (“Starálfur” from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) just released a new dual-disc album called Hvarf/Heim.

Hvarf/Heim is the companion album to Sigur Rós’ new documentary “Heima,” which was filmed during their 2006-’07 tour of their home country, Iceland, and shown at this year’s Madison Popfest. Hvarf/Heim is not exactly a soundtrack, but an unveiled, down-to-earth approach to their renowned transcendental sound…. Disc two, Heim, is even better. Recorded live during their tour, the lack of electricity forced Sigur Rós to go entirely acoustic. Without the dissonance, Heim has a very natural feel. The string quartet and piano materialize familiar ethereal melodies such as “Samskeyti”—also “Untitled 3” off ( )—and “Starálfur”—the familiar song from “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” but this version makes it harder to imagine a large yellow submarine and animated sea creatures (UW Daily Cardinal)

(Mp3 download also available)

Darjeeling a Global Hit, and The Strife Aquatic

Public Radio International’s The World has a great feature called “Global Hit.” The Darjeeling Limited was featured yesterday (link).

We stay on the Darjeeling railway — sort of — for today’s Global Hit. That’s a song from the soundtrack to the movie “The Darjeeling Limited.” The tune is the classic French pop song “Les Champs-Elysees” by Joe Dassin.

In the off-beat musical mind of filmmaker Wes Anderson, Les Champs-Elysees works just fine as an association with Darjeeling. The soundtrack also features songs by the Kinks and the Rolling Stones. But Anderson mostly keeps things regional.

He offers up the deep strings of the sarod, played by Indian classical composer Ali Akbar Khan. Ali Akbar Khan composed this work for another film. The song first appeared in a Bollywood movie called “The Householder.”

That came out in the mid-sixties. In fact the bulk of the tunes from “The Darjeeling Limited” come from other movies — mostly Bollywood flicks.

Wes Anderson was drawn in particular to the music of filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He’s well-known in both Bollywood AND Hollywood.

And Ray serves as the ideal bridge for American audiences dropped into Anderson’s odd tale of three brothers on a train voyage across India.

As in Wes Anderson’s past films, The Darjeeling Limited isn’t just about the story.

The movie serves as a quirky delivery system for delightful and unfamiliar music.

Last night on The Daily Show, the news bit on torture featured an image parodying The Life Aquatic:


There will be more late night tv coverage as Bill Murray appears on
this evening.

A great interview with Wes and Jason on
Cleveland public radio

Check out Rotten Tomatoes’ Total Recall: The Life Cinematic with Wes Anderson

Waris talks Wes, Spike . . .

“Well, I think there are enough filmmakers like Spike Lee and Wes Anderson who will know what kind of parts to write for me. I can wear the turban and have the beard in film after film and yet play different characters. The role Wes offered me in Life Aquatic didn’t call for an Indian-looking guy. It wasn’t a typecast role. I hope that 20 years from now, there are going to be more Sikhs in the movies.”

“We just wanted a studio on wheels.”

A strong, very academic defense of Wes on the racism charge:

“The notion that art has to do, be, or reflect any one thing should be rightly understood as the least sophisticated mode of criticism.

But he (Noah Weiner) reveals something when he, seemingly out of nowhere, praises Anderson-pal Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, a film which, though I liked, I remember to be equally “privileged, bookish, prudish, woebegone, tennis-playing, Kinks-scored.” The difference with that film is that the characters were all white. Seemingly coded in this sort of racially-based critique is the paradox that, rather than a lack of plurality in the racial makeup of characters, it is actually the simultaneous coexistence of subject and other in the same frame that is unsettling.”

The Bygone Bureau also submits a defense – of The Wes Anderson Formula

Popmatters says
“The Darjeeling Limited is an Anderson epiphany . . . idiosyncratic filmmaking at its finest.”

TDL closed the London Film Festival – apparently Ray Davies of The Kinks was in attendance.

Onboard video: train tour, and more production videos

Go see The Darjeeling Limited this weekend, newly available in 13 new markets this weekend! Also be sure to join our community forum, the Yankee Racers.

A few quick notes

Just a quick update for now…

From Hans:

Tea Gschwendner in Chicago is throwing a release party for The Darjeeling Limited, complete with Sitar music, Indian finger foods and darjeeling tea. There will be a $5 cover, although you can get in for free if you can find and bring the ad in the Columbia Chronicle for the event. There will also be raffle prizes which will be given out every 15 minutes (Fox Searchlight Studios is providing a variety of movie goodies to give away). Also, everyone that comes to this party will receive a free ticket to the pre-screening on Oct. 1, at the AMC theater on Illinois St. Dress like your favorite Wes Anderson character. Sat Sept 29th 2007 6-9pm

Men’s Vogue has a great article called “Wonder Boys,” about Owen and Wes. We will post some pictures and text soon.

There are also some new pictures of the new one, which we will also post soon.

Glenn Kenny, at Premiere, positively reviewed The Darjeeling Limited:

A riotously colorful journey . . .

Those who complain about the emotional indirectness of the film, or that
its carefully controlled visual style sterilizes material that would be
better served raw, kind of miss the point. Withholding the prospect of a
direct connection between the viewer and the brothers is evidence of
Anderson’s larger purpose—this movie is as much, if not more, about the
construction of fictions as it is about its ostensible plot.

Last, but certainly not least, The Playlist blog has a great feature called, “If I Were a Wes Anderson Soundtrack.”

Update (9.50 am, September 21): The Louis Vuitton luggage from The Darjeeling Limited is on display at Louis Vuitton on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue through the weekend.

Darjeeling Limited luggage on display at LV, NYC

More details soon… !!!

Darjeeling Limited tracklist

According to an ABKCO press release, the track list for The Darjeeling Limited soundtrack, out September 25, has been finalized:

01) “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)” — Peter Sarstedt
02) Title Music from Satyajit Ray’s film Jalshagar — Ustad Vilayat Khan
03) “This Time Tomorrow” — The Kinks
04) Title Music from Satyajit Ray’s film Teen Kanya — Satyajit Ray
05) Title Music from Merchant Ivory’s film The Householder — Jyotitindra Moitra
06) “Ruku’s Room” from Satyajit Ray’s film Joi Baba Felunath — Satyajit Ray
07) “Charu’s Theme” from Satyajit Ray’s film Charulata –Satyajit Ray
08) Title Music from Merchant Ivory’s film Bombay Talkie –Shankar/ Jaikishan
09) “Montage”from Nityananda Datta’s film Baksa Badal — Satyajit Ray
10) “Prayer” — Jodphur Sikh Temple Congregation
11) “Farewell To Earnest” from Merchant Ivory’s film The Householder — Jyotitindra Moitra
12) “The Deserted Ballroom” from Merchant Ivory’s film Shakespeare Wallah — Satyajit Ray
13) Suite Bergamasque: 3. “Clair de Lune” — Alexis Weissenberg
14) “Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip” from Merchant Ivory’s film Bombay Talkie (Sung by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle) — Shankar/Jaikishan
15) “Memorial” — Narlai Village Troubador
16) “Strangers” — The Kinks
18) “Praise Him” — Udaipur Convent School Nuns and Students
17) Symphony No. 7 in A (Op 92) Allegro con brio — Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
19) “Play With Fire” — The Rolling Stones
20) “Arrival In Benaras” from Merchant Ivory’s film The Guru — Ustad Vilayat Khan
21) “Powerman” — The Kinks
22) “Les Champs-Élysées” — Joe Dassin

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URL: Soundtrack thread on Yankee Racers

(alternative Amazon link)

Thanks to The Playlist.

About Hotel Chevalier

About Hotel Chevalier (credit:

Before the Venice screening of ‘Darjeeling’, Anderson presented a seventeen-minute short film called ‘Hotel Chevalier’, which he originally conceived to play before the main feature, although there’s now talk that it will only be available to see online come the film’s UK release in November. This wistful and maudlin short story offers some background to the main attraction as Schwartzmann and Natalie Portman play a pair of estranged lovers who square up to each other in the sumptuous surroundings of a Parisian hotel room.

Those fifteen minutes are classic Wes Anderson. His camera moves with grace and precision through the room as Schwartzmann, with a sad look on his face and a stark moustache above his lip, waits for Portman to arrive. Sitting on the floor is a beautiful tanned-leather trunk decorated with colourful images of elephants (one of a set crafted especially for the film by Marc Jacobs). On the stereo we hear Peter Sarstedt’s wistful ode to Paris, ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)’, and all around there’s evidence of the same deep orange that characterises Schwartzmann’s hotel dressing-gown, from the thick duvet on the bed to the towels in the bathroom. If there’s one element of ‘Hotel Chevalier’ that’s surprising for Anderson, it’s a strong sense of romance and sexuality: in one shot, Schwartzmann gently pulls off Portman’s clothes to reveal her naked body from behind, and a later shot has Portman, nude, standing still in a doorway, one foot up against the frame. It’s a beautiful shot, and one that’s made even more pertinent by Sarstedt’s melancholic lyrics on the soundtrack. It’s the sexiest thing that Anderson has ever done.

URL: TimeOut review