Wes Anderson’s inimitable directing style has been described as fast-paced, whimsical, and idiosyncratic. It draws heavily on nostalgia for times gone by, and everything is presented with a rich, distinctive palette and symmetrical framing. It is through this style that Anderson has carved out a corner of the cinematic universe of his own entirely, solidifying his position as one of the great modern filmmakers and building up a cult following in the process. There’s even an Instagram account called Accidentally Wes Anderson with real-world photographs that look like his work.
It is therefore not surprising that a number of fans of the filmmaker jump at the chance to live, even briefly, in one of his fantastic worlds. And jump in that they have – this time, aboard a vintage train car designed by Wes Anderson on the Belmond British Pullman, a luxury train that circles Britain.
According to a new report from Belmond, Anderson was recently commissioned to redesign a car built in the 1950s called the Cygnus – one of the British Pullman’s 11 cars. These cars are said to have transported royalty and statesmen over the years, and even survived the bombings of WWII. Fast forward 70 years and Cygnus, which now features a pastel pink ceiling and a range of varied green accents, will welcome guests who want to travel directly to one of Anderson’s films.
“I’ve often had the chance to invent train compartments and cars in my films,” Anderson told Belmond. “So I really wanted to do something new while participating in the preservation process that accompanies all Belmond classic train projects. They keep something special alive. A kind of endangered journey which is nevertheless very adapted to our time.
According to Belmond, “Customers can travel to Cygnus on any trip on the British Pullman, a unique travel experience that resonates on rails across England. Whether it’s a murder mystery lunch through the Kent countryside or a sparkling dinner hosted by a promising guest chef, a ticket to Cygnus means you can experience the golden age of travel all over the place. appreciating the beauty of modern design. With two private four-seater coupes or seats in the open car, the choice is yours.
Even with fares starting at £ 435, three of the five trips slated for late October are – unsurprisingly – fully sold out, but if you’re in England and fancy a trip to Bath, or just a ” champagne afternoon tea ”(yes, please!), there are still slots open.
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