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Rushmore (1999)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection edition of "Rushmore."

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Co-screenwriter/director Wes Anderson, co-screenwriter Owen Wilson, and actor Jason Schwartzman Rating:7.7/10 (23 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on June 22nd, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
They were recorded separately which is always somewhat disappointing. However, they do provide a nice balance and mix of thoughts as a trifecta.

Anderson covers mostly production details, including the casting of most of the actors and the choice locations. They filmed in Houston at the St. Johns school he attended. He offers insights into the music and how various shots were constructed. He points out his real life relationship to many of the actors appearing in bit parts. He mentions that the idea for the music came from a compilation he was listening to at the time, and he envisioned certain songs for points in the film before fully knowing what would be happening in those scenes. Anderson has some fun BIll Murray anecdotes. He adds that Schwartzman is nothing like the character he portrayed.

Wilson speaks more about the story and the script, pointing out influences from his own life, and inspirations from films. He offers many comparisons to Bottle Rocket, which did not have a commentary at this point, in 1999. He reveals that he had not planned on an acting career but was persuaded by Anderson to act in that film. Both he and Anderson talk about how they first met in college, in a playwriting course. Some of the inspirations for the Max Fischer character were Jay Gatsby and Tom Sawyer.

Schwartzman gives his thoughts about auditioning for the role, his experiences working with the other actors, and some impressions that certain scenes made upon him. Prior to filming, Anderson gave him a tape of the music that they would be using, a gesture which really helped shape his expectations for the film. He talks about working with Bill Murray, that they had very little time to prepare for the film together, and has some amusing tidbits about their relationship.