The Wes Anderson Collection

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Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom—instantly recognizable as “Andersonian.” The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding...
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Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom—instantly recognizable as “Andersonian.” The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.

Praise for The Wes Anderson Collection:

“In The Wes Anderson Collection, Seitz expands a series of video essays on Anderson’s influences, illuminating as much of Anderson’s process as possible in a massive, beautifully rendered volume. Although it looks (and sometimes reads) like a coffee table book, The Wes Anderson Collection brings together style and substance to provide a loving homage to Anderson’s films and moviemaking in general.” —The A.V. Club

“Your coffee table wants—no, scratch that—needs this book . . . Packed with 400 images of everything from behind-the-scenes set shots to makeup inspiration to hand-drawn storyboards, the massive tome is pure eye candy. But in addition to the visuals, Seitz also dives deep into each and every Anderson film.” —NYLON

“A magical tour of Wes Anderson’s filmography.” —C magazine

“Each page of this book—filled with conversations, photographs and artwork surrounding each film—showcases Anderson’s pop-culture inspirations from Hitchcock and Star Wars to Jacques Cousteau and the French New Wave. Better than most of their kind, the talks reveal a candidness and honesty between critic and director, allowing Seitz to dig around Anderson’s vault and share his discoveries.” —FILTER

The Wes Anderson Collection comes as close as a book can to reading like a Wes Anderson film. The design is meticulously crafted, with gorgeous full-page photos and touches like a still representation of Rushmore’s opening montage.” —The A.V. Club

“Reading the book, you feel as if you’re disappearing into the miniature world of Anderson’s movies, like you’re playing around in the files and fastidiously kept dossiers assembled for each project. In this way, the book mimics the work.” —Complex.com

“It’s smart, informative, and looks beautiful. In other words, it’s the perfect gift.”  —Complex magazine

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Cultural critic Seitz tours the quirky career of movie director Wes Anderson in this upbeat coffee-table book. Featuring a plethora of behind the scene photos, production artifacts, the author successfully conveys Anderson's creativity especially through the use of the director's original artwork. Every Anderson movie—from Bottle Rocket to the most recently Moonrise Kingdom—gets the royal treatment: a short essay from Seitz, an interview with the director, scrapbook's worth of photos. Anderson reveals the importance of his college library for aiding his interest in film, discusses his attraction to "old-fashioned special effects," and shares his favorite directors including Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, along with how he attempts to evoke their style in his own movies. Seitz shows detailed knowledge of his subject's work, and Anderson is open about his creative process, making this tour especially worth taking. An introduction by author Michael Chabon is an added bonus. Color illus. (Oct.)
Library Journal
01/01/2014
The first book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and television critic Seitz (New York magazine) covers the director Wes Anderson's filmmaking career from 1993's Bottle Rocket to 2012's Moonrise Kingdom. Taking a cue from its subject, the coffee table-size book is intricately and whimsically designed, with many movie stills, production photos, and original illustrations of characters and places from the films that capture the director's quirky sensibility. After an introduction by writer Michael Chabon, the films are covered chronologically, with brief essays and lengthy interviews of the filmmaker conducted by Seitz. The work is intended to immerse fans in the unique world of Anderson's films and provide insight into his inspiration and techniques. As a fellow filmmaker (Home, 2005), fan, and longtime acquaintance of Anderson's, the author's enthusiasm and knowledge of his subject helps the volume succeed wonderfully. Only one other book-length treatment of Anderson's work has been published (Mark Browning's Wes Anderson: Why His Movies Matter). VERDICT This visually attractive and accessible title will appeal to Anderson fans and popular film buffs.—Dave Valencia, Seattle P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997417
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 28,013
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism, currently writes for New York magazine. He lives in Brooklyn. Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of many novels, the most recent being Telegraph Avenue. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and four children.
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