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AI Writes: An Open Letter From Wes Anderson About Enzo Ferrari

Screenshot of Wes Anderson short film called "Castello Cavalcanti" picturing a sports car driver in yellow suit squatting in front of crashed red car

Dear readers,

Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you my latest film, "The Man in Red: The Life and Times of Enzo Ferrari."

As a lover of both cinema and automobiles, I could not resist the opportunity to bring the story of this iconic figure to the screen.

From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted to approach Enzo Ferrari's life in a way that was both honest and visually stunning. For me, the key was to capture the contradictions of this complex and enigmatic man, to show his brilliance and his brutality, his triumphs and his tragedies.

In the film, we see Enzo (played with great intensity by Adrien Brody) as a man consumed by his passion for racing. He is driven by a fierce determination to win, to push himself and his team to ever-greater heights of excellence. And yet, there is a darkness to his ambition, a ruthlessness that borders on cruelty.

Enzo Ferrari looks disgruntled while wearing sunglasses

As we follow Enzo's journey through the world of motorsport, we are struck by the beauty and elegance of the cars he creates, by the thrill of the races he wins, and by the deep emotional bonds he forges with his drivers and his family. But we are also forced to confront the cost of his obsession. The toll it takes on his relationships, his health, and the deaths of his drivers.

In telling this story, I wanted to create a world that was both whimsical and profound, a world where the colours pop and the imagery is carefully composed, but where the emotions are raw and real. I wanted to show Enzo not just as a historical figure, but as a human being, flawed and fascinating and full of contradictions.

I hope that audiences will find in "The Man in Red" a film that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, a film that celebrates the beauty and excitement of motorsport, but also asks us to consider the costs of our own ambitions. Enzo Ferrari was a man who changed the world of racing forever, and his legacy is still felt today. It has been an honour and a privilege to tell his story.


Wes Anderson

P.S. I have added the screenplay from one of the scenes for you below.

Enzo Ferrari stands in front of engine in factory


Enzo Ferrari (played by Adrien Brody) sits at his desk (red) in front of a yellow wall, centre, wearing a white linen shirt, smoking a cigarette and sipping from a tiny cup of espresso. He looks over a report from one of his engineers, which doesn't seem to impress him. He takes a drag from his cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke.

Enzo Ferrari: (Seemingly emotionless) This is unacceptable. We can't put our name on a car that performs like this.

The engineer (played by Tony Revolori) starts to explain, but Enzo cuts him off, holding up one hand and continuing to read the report.

Enzo Ferrari: I don't need your excuses, I need results. If you can't deliver, there are plenty of others who can.

The engineer looks hurt, but Enzo doesn't seem to care. He takes another sip of his espresso and leans back in his chair.

Enzo Ferrari: (smirks) You know, some people say I'm arrogant. They don't understand what it takes to build a car like this. It takes confidence, vision, and the willingness to make tough decisions.

He takes another drag from his cigarette and blows smoke in the engineer's direction.

Enzo Ferrari: (continuing) I've been called many things over the years: a dictator, a tyrant, a madman. But they can't deny the fact that Ferrari is the greatest car company in the world.

The engineer looks uncomfortable, but Enzo seems to be enjoying himself.

Enzo Ferrari: (smirks, leaning towards the engineer) So, tell me, are you the kind of person who works for Ferrari?

The engineer hesitates, but nods.

Enzo Ferrari: (smiles and leans back again) Good. You can leave.

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