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The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection

by Matt Zoller Seitz

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The 2-Book Series

The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

This companion to the New York Times bestselling The Wes Anderson Collection takes readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel via in-depth interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz.

Learn all about the film's conception, personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and the wide variety of sources that inspired it—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. Also inside are interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; essays by film critics Ali Arikan and Steven Boone, film theorist and historian David Bordwell, music critic Olivia Collette, and style and costume consultant Christopher Laverty; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork illustrate each essay, so it's not just a verbal journey, but a visual one, too.

The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel stays true to Seitz's previous book on Anderson's first seven feature films, The Wes Anderson Collection, with an artful, meticulous design and playful, original illustrations that capture the spirit of Anderson's inimitable aesthetic. Together, they offer a complete, definitive overview of Anderson's filmography to date.

The Wes Anderson Collection

The first, in-depth, New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography, featuring previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera, as well as an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Writer and film director Wes Anderson guides award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and behind-the-scenes images from Bottle RocketRushmoreThe Royal TenenbaumsThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouThe Darjeeling LimitedFantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.

The result is a meticulously-desiged book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson's movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique.

About The Author

The 67-Word Biography

Matt Zoller Seitz, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, is the TV critic for New York Magazine and, as well as the editor-in-chief of

A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Seitz has written, narrated, edited, or produced over a hundred hours' worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image and The L Magazine, among other outlets. His five-part 2009 video essay, "Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style," was later spun off into a New York Times bestselling book: The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams, 2013).

Seitz is the founder and original editor of The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the publisher of Press Play, a blog of film and TV criticism and video essays. He is the director of the 2005 romantic comedy Home.

Video Essays

The 7-Chapter Series

Chapter 1: Bottle Rocket

Chapter 2: Rushmore

Chapter 3: The Royal Tenenbaums

Chapter 4: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Chapter 5: The Darjeeling Limited

Chapter 6: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Chapter 7: Moonrise Kingdom

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