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Double Feature: "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and "Barry Lyndon"

Double Feature: "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and "Barry Lyndon"
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (1994)

Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Costume designers, like so many other great talents of the film industry, are often associated with one particular kind of film, but the Academy’s Saturday series demonstrated the remarkable creative range of many of film’s top designers over the decades. In conjunction with our Hollywood Costume exhibition, in January we began our series with four double features pairing impressive and varied achievements by designers working in all genres of the cinema.

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Three-time Oscar winner Milena Canonero spans the centuries with filmmaker Wes Anderson’s whimsical comedy adventure The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and her exquisite period designs for Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Writer-director Wes Anderson followed his hits Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums with this lavish and visually inventive comic adventure. Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) co-wrote the script, which tells the story of Steve Zissou (Anderson regular Bill Murray), a Cousteau-style oceanographer who sets out on a vengeful quest to find the elusive “jaguar shark.” Anderson fills his Life Aquatic with an all-star cast (Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum) and eye-popping widescreen imagery. Milena Canonero created the stylish yet whimsical costumes, Mark Friedberg designed the imaginative sets, and Coraline’s Henry Selick created the stop-motion wonders of the undersea world.

2004, 118 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by Wes Anderson; written by Anderson, Noah Baumbach; with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Bud Cort.

Barry Lyndon


Stanley Kubrick’s meticulous and visually extraordinary adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel stars Ryan O’Neal as the amoral rake in 18th-century Europe whose rise to fortune, aided by his marriage to Lady Lyndon (a glowing Marisa Berenson), leads to tragedy and disgrace. A droll yet subtly emotional film, Barry Lyndon raised the bar for period movies with its Oscar-winning achievements, including the gorgeous costumes of Milena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Soderlund, Ken Adam’s epic production design and John Alcott’s exquisite cinematography.

1975, 187 minutes, color, 35mm | Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq., Written by Himself by William Makepeace Thackeray; with Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Stephen Berkoff, Gay Hamilton.


Barry Lyndon (1975)