The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel
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The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

This companion to the bestselling The Wes Anderson Collection is the only book to take readers behind the scenes ofThe Grand Budapest Hotel. Through a series of in-depth interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Anderson shares the story behind the film’s conception, personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and the wide variety of sources that inspired him—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. The book also features interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; essays by film critics Ali Arikan and Steven Boone, film theorist and historian David Bordwell, music critic Olivia Collette and style and costume consultant Christopher Laverty; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork lavishly illustrate these interviews and essays.

The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel stays true to Seitz's previous book on Anderson's first seven feature films,The Wes Anderson Collection, with an artful design and playful illustrations that capture the spirit of Anderson's inimitable aesthetic. Together, they offer a complete, definitive overview of Anderson's filmography to date.

Praise for the film, The Grand Budapest Hotel:
Nine Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, and Writing - Original Screenplay; Best Film - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards; Best Screenplay, NYFCC and LAFCA Awards

"The opéra-bouffe plot serves as a strand of bright golden wire on which Anderson hangs innumerable encounters, scampering chases, and an archly decorative style of commentary." David Denby, The New Yorker

Praise for the book, The Wes Anderson Collection:
New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller

“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 . . .” Eric Thurm, The A.V. Club

“This book is the future.” Michael Sicinski, Cineaste

About the Author(s)
Matt Zoller Seitz and Anne Washburn

Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism, is one of the world’s leading experts on Wes Anderson’s life and work. He currently writes for New York magazine, serves as editor in chief of, and is the author of The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams 2013).


It couldnt be more Wes if it was printed on corduroy. 5* review, EMPIRE Magazine April 2015

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