It requires a very specific obsession with Wes Anderson’s wonderfully weird, Oscar-nominated movie to want to pay $35 for a coffee-table book about The Grand Budapest Hotel.
But in its defense, what a book!
The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel (out Tuesday), by Matt Zoller Seitz, is filled to the rafters with insightful interviews (with leading man Ralph Fiennes, costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, production designer Adam Stockhausen and cinematographer Robert Yeoman, and three with Anderson, the Texas-born director), as well as critical essays about the film, behind-the-scenes photos and assorted extras that can only be described as ephemera.
The result is a crash course in the craft of filmmaking that’s both informative and fun.
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The author, editor in chief of RogerEbert.com and TV critic for New York Magazine, previously dissected Anderson’s earlier films, from 1996’s Bottle Rocket to 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom, in 2013’s The Wes Anderson Collection. So you know he knows the territory.
“It’s a 12-layer wedding cake of a film,” Seitz says of Budapest in press materials. “Yet, as you’re devouring it, you don’t necessarily think about all the work that went into it, only that it’s delicious.”
This book will give readers a new appreciation for everything that goes into making a movie.
— David Martindale
The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel
by Matt Zoller Seitz