In 1998, Rushmore
introduced a visual style and narrative flair to American cinema that would prove to be as influential as the techniques of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Spielberg. Though it was not director Wes Anderson's first film, Rushmore
popularized Anderson's talents for stunning visuals, meticulous sets and quirky, heart-felt characterizations. A critical and commercial success, the film follows extracurricular overachiever/ academic underachiever Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a student at the prestigious Rushmore Academy. As Max attempts to romance Ms. Cross (Olivia Williams), a recently widowed teacher, he falls in with tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and the three find themselves knotted in one of the most ill-fated love triangles ever put to film. Shawn Levy, author and film critic for KGW, will introduce the movie at Whitsell Auditorium.
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