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Birge's Picks: The young person’s guide to Wes Anderson

Benjamin Britten (1948)Denis De Marney/Getty Images

August 02, 2021

If you’re a fan of composer Benjamin Britten – or even if you only know him from kiddie concert performances of his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – you’re not alone. Filmmaker Wes Anderson’s Britten-filled quirky cupcake Moonrise Kingdom evoked the comic, angsty mysteries of childhood through several Britten scores, including Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. And, Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Floode (Noah’s Flood) becomes a central plot point of Anderson’s movie.

Moonrise Kingdom is one of five Wes Anderson classics (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) featured in the Heights Theater’s retrospective Wes Anderson’s Kingdom, which starts this week and runs through August.

Meanwhile, relax and watch every Wes Anderson movie ever made, in seven minutes.