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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

She's My Rushmore Max!

Wes Anderson, who directed and co-wrote the film with Owen Wilson.

I revisited Rushmore the other night with my friend Ruby who hadn't had the pleasure of watching this extremely well crafted, well executed film about high school student Max Fisher who falls in love with a teacher, Rosemary Cross. 

I had the pleasure of spending time with Owen Wilson in Paris in 2007 when he was at the height of his fame - when the media circus was in a frenzy for him. What I glimpsed of his life at that point could only best be described by Fellini's short film 'Toby Dammit' which starred Terence Stamp. For me, having never brushed with fame like that before it was overwhelming. I wondered how the same person in front of me had ever had a chance to sit down and write with such utter clarity a film as thought out as Rushmore.

Sitting down to watch the film I was drawn in from the opening scene by the music, the playfulness, the sincerity and the great humour of this film. And, coming back to it now, I saw just how many times they had managed to dot bow ties amongst the scenes. A Max Fisher lives in me, as I am sure he lives in many of us. Which is why I think I will be coming back to this film over and over again. 

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