The Wes Anderson Collection
Matt Zoller Seitz
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Writer/director Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.
The result is a meticulously desiged book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson's movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique.
Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: The Oliver Stone Experience, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Mad Men Carousel.
WesAnderson_Int_106–153_RT_4_29.indd 139 He’s great! In fact, I think we might quote a scene from him. From Witness? In The Royal Tenenbaums? I think in The Royal Tenenbaums, it’s not Danny’s line, but in that movie I think Danny shoots Harrison Ford in the parking garage, does that sound right? I think so, yeah. Though Danny Glover is a classically trained actor who’s played a lot of diverse roles, he became a star in thrillers, military dramas, and action-adventures. He was one-half of the
Blanchett), who seems to want to praise and bury him at the same time. And he’s still in mourning for his beloved friend Esteban (Seymour Cassel). There’s a bright spot: the possibility that a young acolyte turned investor, Air Kentucky pilot Ned Plimpton (Anderson’s regular collaborator Owen Wilson), might be his illegitimate son. Of all Anderson’s charismatic fathers and father figures, Zissou is the most complex and contradictory. He’s Jacques Cousteau, Captain Ahab, and Andy Hardy rolled into
to project yourself forward—to imagine what it might be like to have been a filmmaker for thirty years and be worrying about age and irrelevance. One of the things that impressed me about the movie was your ability to put yourself in the headspace of this guy who’s probably in his mid-fifties and has a long career behind him but wonders if he has any juice left. Well, that didn’t all have to be imagined by me. I’ve always had a certain number of friends who were twenty, thirty, forty years older
D R IG HT : A mock-up of Steve’s passport; a supposed photo of Zissou circa 1979, showing off his scuba suit and gear; a painting of Zissou hanging on the wall of the Explorers Club. OVE R LEAF : The Santo Loquasto Film Festival, where Zissou debuts parts one and two of his documentary about the Belafonte’s encounters with the jaguar shark. In the Darjeeling Limited chapter of this book, the director says his experiences at European film festivals while promoting The Royal Tenenbaums inspired
WesAnderson_Int_028–067_BR_r2.indd 51 31/05/2013 18:19 52 T H E W E S AN D E R SON C OLLECTION He had a Harvard ring on his fi nger. Michael Caton-Jones was one of them. He told us, “Your style is very assured, but it’s glib. It’s shallow.” Which for some reason I didn’t really resent because he said it in a way where you thought he felt there’s room for improvement. Like we might actually improve ourselves. He was extremely nice to us. Frank Oz was there, too. He was very encouraging. At