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Rushmore 1998 ***

The first of writer/director Wes Anderson’s regular collaborations with Bill Murray, Rushmore is an ingenious comedy featuring Jason Schwarztman as Max Fischer, a prep-school rebel who finds himself competing in love against Herman Blume (Murray) for the affections of Rosemary (Olivia Williams). Co-written with Owen Wilson, Rushmore features many of the tropes of Anderson’s later films, from an eclectic soundtrack to the creation of lively tableau in a Jacques Tati-style. Support from Brian Cox and Stephen McCole adds a Scottish twist, but Rushmore is a all-American rebel’s story, a smart comic variation of The Catcher in the Rye.

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