The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel Hardcover – Illustrated, February 10, 2015
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About the Author
A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Seitz has written, narrated, edited, or produced more than 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 hardcover 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.
Anne Washburn's plays include Mr. Burns, The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, and a transadaptation of Euripides’s Orestes. She lives in New York City and, occasionally, Buenos Aires.
Max Dalton is a graphic artist living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by way of Barcelona, New York, and Paris. He has published a few books and illustrated some others, including The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams, 2013). Max started painiting in 1977, and since 2008, he has been creating posters about music, movies, and pop culture, quickly becoming one of the top names in the industry.
- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419715712
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419715716
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (February 10, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is divided into three sections, "The Idea of Europe", "The Snow-Globe Version" and the "At The Algonquin Hotel". Each section begins with an interview of Wes Anderson by Matt Zoller Seitz. The first interview concentrates on the characters and the actors, the second on the making of the film and the third on the sources of the film, in particular the works of author Stefan Zweig. That said, many other subjects also come up in the three interviews. They make for interesting reading.
There are also interviews of Ralph Fiennes, who played Gutave H. the main character in the movie, cinematographer Robert Yeoman, Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, Costume Designer Milena Canonero and several others. Each one of these are interesting to read and we learns more about Anderson's well thought out meticulous style and manner of working.
Interspersed are many photographs from the film as well as reference photographs from other films such as "The Shop Around the Corner", "Amadeus", "The Red Shoes" and many others. There are vignettes of the careers of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and other actors. There is a whole section on the role of the narrator in this and other films such as "Barry Lyndon", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Big Lebowski". There are also some pages of the script, the building of the model of the Hotel, excerpts from the writings of Stefan Zweig and most fascinating to me how certain scenes were shot. In short this is a gold mine of information about the film.
A well written and informative essay by Ali Arikan "Worlds of Yesterday" offers one of the most interesting interpretations of the film I have read, and of its structure and meaning.
The book is well printed and bound as books published by Abrams usually are!
My guess is that you will do what I did when I finished the book and that is to watch the movie again.
Top reviews from other countries
The author is well informed and adept and drawing out the subtleties that influence the viewer of Wes Anderson and it adds a whole new level of appreciation of the craft and attention that go into his films
For anyone not yet convinced, the author has also made some short video essays of their work on Vimeo under the username rogerebert.com.