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23 Delightful Hidden Details In "The Royal Tenenbaums"

The genius of Wes Anderson is in the details.

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1. It's no secret that director Wes Anderson likes to make his shots very symmetrical, but the framing on this shot is especially spot-on with the candelabras.

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2. Outside the family's telephone closet, the wall is marked with the children's heights.

And of course Margot is reading a Chekhov play.
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And of course Margot is reading a Chekhov play.

3. There's no city listed in the address on the cheque Etheline writes to Chas.

Also note the year — 1978. She also makes it out to "cash," which perhaps echoes the character Eli Cash?
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Also note the year — 1978. She also makes it out to "cash," which perhaps echoes the character Eli Cash?

4. Margot Tenenbaum had personalized pencils in her youth.

Her name is written on that red pencil. Bet you could get some on Etsy.
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Her name is written on that red pencil. Bet you could get some on Etsy.

5. In this flashback, note the name of the school on the bus — Blood of Christ High School.

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6. Eli carries a "Ship to Shore" pamphlet in his pocket while Richie has a "Shore to Ship" pamphlet.

Presumably to help radio back and forth.
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Presumably to help radio back and forth.

7. Chas drinks whiskey while looking at pictures of his late wife; he uses the same whiskey at Buckley's (the dog) burial.

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8. The costumes from the play Margot wrote and performed on her 11th birthday still hang in her closet.

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9. Here are the names of some of the other plays written by Margot.

Nakedness Tonight, Erotic Transference, and Static Electricity.
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Nakedness Tonight, Erotic Transference, and Static Electricity.

10. Is it a coincidence that Gene Hackman's character's name is Royal and Richie sails on Royal Arctic Lines?

Also note everyone in this shot (besides Richie) appears to be over 60 years of age.
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Also note everyone in this shot (besides Richie) appears to be over 60 years of age.

11. Royal admires this grave with Richie; after Royal's death, his tombstone has a similar inscription.

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12. Not quite an Easter Egg, but take a moment to appreciate the painting in Eli's apartment.

Hilarious.
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Hilarious.

13. Eli also has a large collection of porn VHS tapes in his living room.

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14. Richie is often seen drinking a Bloody Mary. He even brings one into the tent.

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15. This cover story about Eli calls him "the James Joyce of the West."

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16. The games closet in the Tenenbaum home appears to include a Hebrew board game.

Also, above that is Pretty, Pretty Princess.
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Also, above that is Pretty, Pretty Princess.

17. When Richie and Royal talk on the roof of the hotel, there is randomly a plaid tin poised on the ledge.

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18. In the aftermath of Eli's car crash, Pagoda can be seen hanging out on the fire engine drinking champagne with a straw.

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19. For Etheline's wedding, Margot swapped out her signature red barrette for a bronze one.

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20. Royal giving Chas and the boys a new dalmatian could reference the "dalmatian mice" Chas bred as a child.

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21. The dalmatian — named Sparkplug — rides in the ambulance with Chas and Royal after his heart attack.

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22. Here's a mysterious tidbit from the end credits — Mordecai Pictures, which perhaps references the name of Richie's falcon.

Google pulls up nothing on this company.
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Google pulls up nothing on this company.

23. And finally, the cover of the book seen in the film's first shot mirrors the tableau with Henry and Etheline's wedding invite.

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