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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

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“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099741X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997417
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

Preamble : To fully enjoy and get the maximum leverage from the contents of this book, I highly recommend the reader to watch (all, if possible) of Wes Anderson's films first. For those who already have, you're in for a treat. :]

The Wes Anderson Collection is a rich and thorough discussion/dissection of the director's full repertoire of films (from Rocket Bottom to Moonrise Kingdom). Through conversations with the author Matt Zoller Seitz, Wes Anderson gives us illuminating insights into his ideas, motivations and inspirations, served with hearty amounts of production stills, reference images, concept sketches, storyboards and more.

This book is not only a great treat for fans of Wes Anderson's films but also an excellent resource for the craft of film-making (art direction, production design, cinematography, costume design, the works). I'm going to read it from cover to cover, and then do it again. Very highly recommended.
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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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