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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099741X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997417
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Dalton's charming children's book-style illustrations introduce each film with a double-page spread of the movie's principal location, incorporating "fourth wall" views suggested by Anderson's familiar cutaway dollhouse technique, used so well in the opening of Moonrise Kingdom and The Life Aquatic. Designer Martin Venzky unpacks the filmmaker's sources and style—with an inspired deployment of stills, amusingly corny display type, and inventive layouts with images made to resemble postage stamps, scrapbook clippings, and other collectibles—perfectly capturing Anderson's seductively twee combination of obsessive detail and ironic distance. —Christopher Lyon

About 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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It's also great as a coffee table book.
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And every time I open the book, I find myself getting happily lost inside of it, and learning all these new and amazing things about all of Anderson's work.
Chel Micheline
It’s a wonderfully done book filled with production stills, beautiful illustrations, story boards, photos and more.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Derly on October 9, 2013
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I pre-ordered this book in April and today I finally got it in my hands. Being a filmmaker and die hard Wes Anderson fan buying it was a no brainer. However I didn't think I could be this impressed. It is absolutely beautiful filled with illustrations, production stills, story boards and much more. Not only all that but there are essays and interviews by Zoller, who has followed Anderson's career from the beginning, jam packed with details on his artistic process for the films, his thoughts on different circumstances surrounding his scripts and general Wes Anderson quotables.

If you are a fan do yourself a favor and get this book you will not regret it!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Corey Atad on October 19, 2013
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Matt Zoller Seitz is an excellent critic, having established himself over a long career, and etching out a space in the online world of film and TV criticism uniquely his own. An admirer of filmmaking that's unafraid of revelling in the beauty of the craft itself, Seitz champions those films and filmmakers that so many modern critics will readily dismiss for showing hints of "artifice."

Few modern directors so embody to idea of intentional artifice as Wes Anderson. Opinions about his work are all over the map, but almost always strong. His films inspire scorn as well as reverence. He's an auteur in every sense of the word, and his films, from Bottle Rocket through to Moonrise Kingdom display a remarkable confidence of craft, tone, style and distinct personality. There are no films quite like Wes Anderson's, no matter how many indie filmmakers attempt to emulate him.

In this absolutely incredible book, Matt Zoller Seitz sits for a series of interviews with Wes Anderson, discussing each film in his body of work, running through his development as a filmmaker, his influences, his techniques and his general philosophies on film and filmmaking. Comprehensive is perhaps the best word to describe The Wes Anderson Collection, but this book is more than that. Designed with as much thought and care as any of Anderson's own films, Seitz's book features big, beautiful pages chock full of accompanying stills, media and supplemental material about each film and often corresponding to the interview at hand. Reading the book is such a pleasure. It makes you want to revisit each and every Anderson film, but also explore all the other films and influences discussed. It immerses the reader in Anderson's world, and provided that's something the reader would enjoy it's a could not be more engaging.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By lexga on October 13, 2013
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I had never seen a Wes Anderson movie. I pre-ordered the book simply because I enjoy Zoller-Seitz’s usually spot on movie reviews at Roger Ebert.com and his TV reviews in the New York magazine. The day the book arrived I could not put it down. Very few books are truly unique. This one is. It’s a wonderfully done book filled with production stills, beautiful illustrations, story boards, photos and more. Even more impressive is the interview with Wes Anderson which reveals his thought processes in the writing, producing and directing of his films. It’s fascinating stuff!

After reading the book I have watched three of Anderson’s movies and have become an instant fan. Also, thanks to this book, a well informed knowledgeable fan who appreciates the many talents of this wonderful director.

Great book! Highly recommended not only for Wes Anderson fans but for anyone interested the process of making a movie.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on October 18, 2013
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This is one of the best art books I've ever purchased. It's rich with content, behind the scenes photos, exclusive illustrations, and excellent interviews with Wes Anderson. To be honest, I think the book is worth triple what I paid for it. I'm not sure how Amazon can even sell it for $25.00 when it has so pages filled with beautiful photos. I bought a second copy for a friend and plan to buy a few more for Christmas Gifts. If you're a Wes Anderson fan, and you should be, I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on January 31, 2014
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This really is a cool book. It is filled with pictures and interviews. Nice cover, so makes a great coffee table book- especially for a guy. My 30 year old brother was really interested and looked through it for a long time.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kregg on October 9, 2013
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Pre-ordered this a few days before release date, purchased the hardcover and the Kindle versions both, and as soon as I opened the box I ordered a second hardcover only to find Amazon has a 1-3 week shipping delay - and the book has been available for less than a day!

This book is absolutely incredible - and you heard it here first - an instant collectors item!

Giant sized, thick and heavy coffee table book (it's so substantial you could use it as a table!)

This baby is the definitive Wes Anderson Compendium!

If you're a fan of his films do yourself a favor and order it now!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Brewer on December 25, 2013
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I bought it for my husband as a Christmas gift. He owns every Wes Anderson movie and has been a fan for years. He has the book in hand and popped Rushmore into the DVD player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tia on December 24, 2013
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This book was everything we expected it to be! It was well packaged and came in pristine condition. My husband is a huge Wes Anderson fan and it was the perfect christmas gift
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