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The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Tapa dura)

Matt Zoller Seitz

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This companion to the bestselling "The Wes Anderson Collection" is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of "The 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 Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork lavishly illustrate these interviews and essays.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 "(ISBN 9780810997417), 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 opera-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"