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Rigour And Play: Laurie Anderson's Favourite Films
Mat Colegate , January 22nd, 2016 09:27

On a recent visit to London the performance artist, director and musician took time out to talk about her 13 favourite films with Mat Colegate


The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

I always think of that little tent that they make in the living room and I kind of mix it up with my own childhood, so I love this film of a big family gone wrong. I love those kinds of drama with many stories going on at once. And Gene Hackman is amazing in that film and Gwyneth Paltrow also. As soon as I saw it, I got it. I thought: “This is virtually perfect”. I saw it four times in a row and it just kept being fascinating. It's rich and deep and crazy and all of the things I love about film. So much happens in slow time. He doesn't rush. Which is something I also love about the Monsieur Hulot films of Tati. They also unfold at a slow rate and are crazy family films. Tati is as in love with Hulot as Wes Anderson is with his characters. It's really wonderful to see that tenderness towards the characters even though they are completely ridiculous.