The Wes Anderson Anthology

Friday 28 February – Thursday 6 March 2014

On Saturday, March 1st, the Music Box will host a special advance screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel (opening in Chicago on March 14th), followed by an in-person Q&A with director/writer Wes Anderson. Additionally, all week we will be screening all of Mr. Anderson’s previous feature films, plus shorts, commercials, and more in a retrospective we’re calling THE WES ANDERSON ANTHOLOGY.

RSVP to the advance screening through our website starting Tuesday, Feb 25th at Noon.

From his irreverent debut Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom, his most assured work to date, Wes Anderson’s cinematic predilections are unmistakable. His rigorously arranged compositions and expressive use of color, all in service of his literary method of storytelling, signal a filmmaker who has risen to an equal rank with his auteurist idols. We are taking a weeklong look at one of the most unique voices in contemporary American cinema – all from 35mm film prints!


Friday, February 28th, 2014

  • 2:30pm: Bottle Rocket
  • 5:00pm: Bottle Rocket
  • 7:15pm: Rushmore
  • 9:30pm: Bottle Rocket

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

  • 1:30pm: Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • 4:00pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • 10:00pm: Rushmore

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

  • 2:00pm: Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • 4:00pm: The Royal Tenenbaums
  • 7:00pm: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • 9:45pm: The Royal Tenenbaums

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

  • 5:00pm: Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • 7:00pm: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • 9:45pm: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

  • 4:30pm: Rushmore

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

  • 5:00pm: The Royal Tenenbaums
  • 7:30pm: The Darjeeling Limited
  • 9:45pm: The Darjeeling Limited

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

  • 5:00pm: Rushmore
  • 7:00pm: Moonrise Kingdom
  • 9:00pm: Moonrise Kingdom


Individual Tickets: $10
Series Pass (Can be used for admittance to all screenings in series): $42
Discounted Series Pass (Available Saturday March 1st at 8pm):$35
Kids Tickets for Fantastic Mr. Fox (Ages 12 and under): $5

The Grand Budapest Hotel with Q&A screening is FREE. This will be an overbooked event and patrons who RSVP will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Series pass holders will be admitted first.

RSVPs for the advance screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel will be available online on Tuesday, February 25th at Noon.
Series Passes will be available for purchase online on Wednesday, February 26th at Noon.
Tickets to individual screenings will be available Thursday afternoon.


  • Fri 28 Feb 2014, 2:30pm
  • Fri 28 Feb 2014, 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Feb 2014, 9:30pm

Bottle Rocket (1996)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd in English, Spanish

Bottle Rocket focuses on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

  • Fri 28 Feb 2014, 7:15pm
  • Sat 1 Mar 2014, 10:00pm
  • Tue 4 Mar 2014, 4:30pm
  • Thu 6 Mar 2014, 5:00pm

Rushmore (1998)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray

Wunderkind Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a sophomore at upscale Rushmore Academy and the president of myriad school clubs, sees his world turn topsy-turvy when he’s smitten with widowed first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). To win her heart, Max enlists the aid of self-made steel magnate and school benefactor Herman J. Blume (Bill Murray), only to end up vying with the millionaire industrialist for Rosemary’s affections.

  • Sat 1 Mar 2014, 1:30pm
  • Sun 2 Mar 2014, 2:00pm
  • Mon 3 Mar 2014, 5:00pm

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

directed by Wes Anderson starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray in English, French

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.

  • Sat 1 Mar 2014, 4:00pm

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

  • Sun 2 Mar 2014, 4:00pm
  • Sun 2 Mar 2014, 9:45pm
  • Wed 5 Mar 2014, 5:00pm

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston

Ne’er-do-well Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) abandoned his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) and their three genius children — Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Richie (Luke Wilson) — long ago, but feels now is the time to make up for all those lost years, especially now that he’s flat broke. Still Wes Anderson’s best ensemble cast, as much about the house as it is about the dysfunctional family living within.

  • Sun 2 Mar 2014, 7:00pm
  • Mon 3 Mar 2014, 7:00pm
  • Mon 3 Mar 2014, 9:45pm

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston in English, Portuguese

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

  • Wed 5 Mar 2014, 7:30pm
  • Wed 5 Mar 2014, 9:45pm

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman in English, Hindi

A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

  • Thu 6 Mar 2014, 7:00pm
  • Thu 6 Mar 2014, 9:00pm

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

directed by Wes Anderson starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis in English

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

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