Origin Of Royal Tenenbaums Title?

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  1. Chuck C

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    I went over to imdb.com to check out other Wes Anderson flicks, and I noticed in the cast of credits the name "Brian Tenenbaum"... he's been in all three Wes Anderson movies. Don't tell me this isn't the answer!

    Sorry if this has been discussed or is in the wrong place.
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    Probably is an inspiration. Just like Stephen Dignan who is in Royal Tenenbaums (Paramedic at the end), Rushmore (Reuben the DJ who plays the Faces song at the dance) and Bottle Rocket (Rob).

    I wouldn't doubt everything in their films was inspired by real life-- their dialog often comes from things they've seen or heard.

    BTW- The guy's name is BRIAN, not Brain.

    -Vince
     
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    Hehe...I was thinking, "Brain...is that a name??"
     
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    I thought, too, that the credited "Brian" was the origin of the title, but another possibility is from the writings of J.D. Salinger.

    Anderson has stated in many interviews that Salinger's work influenced this film a great deal (anyone who has read "Franny & Zooey" knows what I mean) through his dysfunctional family of grown-up child prodigies, the Glass family.

    When I was reading Salinger's "Nine Stories", in the story "Down at the Dinghy", there is a girl character named Tenenbaum who married into the Glasses.

    Anyone else notice this, or maybe know more on the subject?
     
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    Thanks for the link, Alex.

     
  7. Alex Spindler

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    More than likely they're expressing that their inspiration came from many sources. I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't originally written with different last names and then went for Tenenbaum after realizing what a great name it was. They may have already named Margot before the last name was decided on. That would be a tough one to discount.

    Anyway, it's a theory.
     

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