Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from the following:

Bottle Rocket


The Royal Tenenbaums

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Darjeeling Limited

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Moonrise Kingdom

I myself have always been a huge fan of Anderson’s work, so finding this dandy was super exciting! I must say, it was love at first sight. The book intimately shares the interesting relationships that Wes has held with his actors and actresses, and points out how tedious film production really is. The Wes Anderson Collection takes you through a very well documented past with beautifully intricate sketches, plans, and incredibly well illustrated ideas. Anderson is notorious for his very limited/specific color pallet, extensive use of flat space camera moves, obsessively symmetrical compositions, snap-zooms, and slow-motion walking shots. All of these qualities define and create the ingeniously quirky combinations that are known as his signature style. Wes Anderson will go down in history as a profound artist, whose films have been consistently nominated and awarded. A window into how these films came to be, I highly recommend The Wes Anderson Collection to anyone who is looking to be inspired. Fan or not: this compilation can truly bring out in you a new appreciation for artistry and filmmaking!

Posted by Tara Burke, Library Clerk