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The Quirkiest Film Titles in Cinema

Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson is a master at creating quirky, endearing, and gorgeously detailed films, and his latest project with a recently cast Johnny Depp — which we reported this morning — is proving to be no different. So far, we know the upcoming film — likely to also star Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, and Angela Lansbury — will be set in Europe and that the director is calling it The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s another whimsical title in a long list of delightfully zany film names like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, or… well, take your pick. Anderson is hardly alone when it comes to choosing eccentric titles, and we’ve compiled a list of cinema’s quirkiest movie monikers after the jump. Leave us a note with your favorites below.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Most people know this film under its shortened name Marat/Sade, but the real title of the Peter Weiss play adaptation is actually much longer. The story takes place in an insane asylum, centering on a performance directed by the Marquis de Sade about Jean-Paul Marat — the radical figure prominent during the most violent part of the French Revolutionary era, who was eventually murdered in his bathtub. The inmates become equally uncontrollable as their play evolves. The long-winded, frenetic title is fitting.

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