If you're a fan of Wes Anderson, you likely already have Matt Zoller Seitz's wonderful 2013 book on the filmmaker, titled The Wes Anderson Collection. And even if you don't love all of Anderson's movies, it's still an essential part of any cinephile's collection because of all its focus on the various crafts that went into producing everything from Bottle Rocket (the original short) through Moonrise Kingdom. Also, it's just a darn good read, very in-depth and also very splashy in its design. There's so much to learn about and look at and appreciate.
Since its publication, Anderson has made The Grand Budapest Hotel. And now Zoller Seitz has an addendum in the form of a whole other book, titled The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Actually, it's not quite as supplementary as it sounds, as if it could be an insert to be fully included in the larger tome upon future publication. While the first book is 336 pages, the Grand Budapest Hotel book is 256 pages (though apparently only a fifth of the weight). It makes sense that the new movie should have so much more focus, given that it's just been nominated for nine Oscars, far more than any of his other efforts.
As you can see in the previews below (via Behance, which has a lot more), the book is filled with content pertaining to many of the Oscar-nominated crafts, including extensive focus on the production design, costumes, cinematography and music. There are also interviews, some of them with Anderson's collaborators in craft, essays from other writers, such as scholar David Bordwell, storyboards, guides to the careers of its cast, guides to influences from and direct allusions made to past movies and excepts from the novels of Stefan Zweig, whose writings inspired The Grand Budapest Hotel enough for Anderson to admit he "stole" from them.
Take a look at these glorious pages and be sure to pick the whole thing up when it hits the shops (including Amazon) on February 10.
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