1/10 Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
Presented by Justus Nieland and Joshua Yumibe
Shot on the grounds of the elite private school once attended by Rushmore’s now-famous director, Wes Anderson’s charming second film is a comic coming-of-age story about Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a quirky prep schooler and audacious playwright. Through Rushmore, Max develops an unlikely friendship with a melancholic millionaire played by Bill Murray (in a role that would help re-launch the actor’s career), and becomes obsessed with a widowed teacher (Olivia Williams). Max’s powerful attachment to the Rushmore Academy and its extracurriculars allows Anderson to explore the nature of loss and loneliness, and the emotional ties that bind us to school as a space for community, recognition, and the performance of selfhood.