Balancing act: exploring the tone of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Gibbs, J. (2012) Balancing act: exploring the tone of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 10 (1). pp. 132-151. ISSN 1740-0309 (special issue: Wes Anderson and Co.)
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/17400309.2011.635035
This paper provides an analysis of The Life Aquatic in the context of debates around tone, irony, the Smart Film, the New Sincerity and the Quirky. It argues that Anderson is one of a small but significant number of filmmakers to escape from the indiscriminate irony of fin de sie`cle cinema, and finds The Life Aquatic Aquatic a particularly interesting film in which to explore such matters because of its ready artifice, strong elements of pastiche and measuredly preposterous excesses. Offering a critical analysis, the paper balances an engagement with some of the systemic elements of the film’s tone with the detailed organisation of tonal elements in particular sequences.
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