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What do Orson Welles, François Truffaut, Mike Nichols, and Peanuts have in common? According to critic Matt Zoller Seitz, they’re just a few of the many influences on Wes Anderson’s films, and in a lovingly assembled and keenly edited five-part series of new video essays titled “The Substance of Style,” now playing and ongoing at Moving Image Source, he examines those inspirations in depth. (The site has already posted parts 1 through 3, with the remaining segments coming within the week.) One of our favorite moments so far comes at the end of the video in part 2: a split screen simultaneously following The Graduate’s Dustin Hoffman and Rushmore’s Bill Murray as they make their way into their respective backyard pools with a synchronized splash. Dive in!