The Royal Tenenbaums

A Very Wes Anderson Christmas

Friday, December 23 | 5:30 pm

Saturday, December 31 | 2 pm


Arguably Wes Anderson’s masterpiece, The Royal Tenenbaums earned Anderson and Owen Wilson their first Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay. Combining a sweeping, novelistic scope with a granular focus on specific, intensely personal spaces, objects, and gestures, the film sees the grown Tenenbaum children—sullen Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), peevish Chas (Ben Stiller), and melancholy Richie (Luke Wilson)—return one-by-one to the family home on Archer Avenue, at the behest of their errant patriarch. Claiming to be on his deathbed, Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) hopes to regain the affection of his skeptical offspring and the heart of his lovely wife, Etheline (Angelica Huston). One of the director’s most place-centered films, The Royal Tenenbaums conjures up an anachronistic, fairytale vision of New York City that is at once antiquated and modern, familiar and strange—and utterly Anderson’s own.


Director Wes Anderson 2001 USA 110 minutes R (for some language, sexuality/nudity, and drug content) DCP

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