J.D. Salinger: Franny And Zooey
The Book: Initially published as a series in the New Yorker magazine, Franny and Zooey was released as a book in 1961, when it became an instant bestseller.
It explores the intricacies of the Glasses, a family of seven former child prodigies, and their relationships and internal angst. Apart from shedding light on the inner torment of over-analytical academics, it is primarily a philosophical tale of ennui and enlightenment.
The Movie: Kristen Stewart is Franny, a pallid, swooning student who flits between decadent malaise and Zen awakenings.
The film is aesthetically beautiful, set amongst the ‘50s East-Coast intellectual elite. The screen is awash with fur, rouge, chrome and nicotine.
There’s some wonderfully complex and wordy dialogue, which is almost as confusing as a conversation in Dawson’s Creek. Almost.
Wes Anderson directs with his eyes closed.
Franny: “I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash.”
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