A Cafe Fit For A Royal (Tenenbaum) – Wes Anderson’s mid-century bar in Milan

In true Wes Anderson form, the whimsical director has brought to life all of the color-blocked fantasy indicative of his mid-century feature film settings. Anderson’s proclivity towards enchanting vintage narratives has transcended the screen, embarking on a journey into reality, allowing his fans to partake a bit more intimately in these fantasy worlds. The cafe fits seamlessly into Anderson’s familiar narrative, a ambient backdrop facilitating an indulgent collision between fiction and fantasy. Bar Luce in Milan removes that figurative fourth wall and invites you to partake in a sherbet toned world worthy of a Tenenbaum. 

The charming aesthetic reminiscent of days past is characterized by mod pinball machines, globe lighting, vintage jukeboxes and formica furniture. Following in similar fashion of his filmography, Bar Luce is a mod masterpiece, the stuff of 1960s dreams.

“It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc.” Anderson describes of Bar Luce’s atmosphere on the cafe’s website. “I do think it would make a pretty good movie set. I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”

Those of us stuck on the non-fiction side of the screen can finally try on the rose-colored glasses that so dreamily tinted Hotel Chevalier, and perhaps we no longer have to vicariously indulge in a “butterscotch sundae, I guess.”  


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