‘Wendell Baker’ cooks up ’70s

Wilson brothers tap decade's spirit for film

For a film by young filmmakers, the 1970s were mentioned frequently when “The Wendell Baker Story” had its after-party Thursday at the Sofitel’s Stone Rose bar following a WGA premiere.

ThinkFilm topper Mark Urman described the pic as “a coming-of-age film starring grown-ups,” but co-director Luke Wilson said it was more a film from another age.

“In the ’70s, films were less formulaic; they meandered a bit,” said Wilson. “It was like they even had a different type of film stock.”

“We watched a lot of ’70s films,” said his brother and co-director Andrew Wilson. “We wanted to get (Sam) Peckinpah’s sense of male camaraderie and Hal Ashby’s mix of poignancy and humor.”

One guest at the party who was a certified expert on ’70s films concurred.

Peter Bogdanovich said “Baker” was “in that department. It’s more personal. It certainly isn’t a cookie-cutter movie.”

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