Abrams Books just released Matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The coffee table book showcases the creative process of one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. It is chock full of never-before-seen photos, behind the scenes notes, original illustrations, and ephemera, all centered around a book-length conversation between the director and Seitz (the foremost critic on Anderson’s work).
Seitz is not one to shy away from pulling back the curtain on Anderson’s sources. In fact, Seitz goes in depth in analyzing what exactly influenced what in the director’s evolving signature style. Below you can see exactly how The Royal Tennenbaums was informed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.
It is Francis Ford Coppola who says, “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”
Watch the trailer below as Seitz guides you through his approach and structure of what is sure to be one of the most visually intimate books of its kind.