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This companion to the New York Times bestselling book The Wes Anderson Collection takes readers behind the scenes of the Oscar®-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel with a series of interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Learn all about the film's conception, hear personal anecdotes from the set, and explore the wideThis companion to the New York Times bestselling book The Wes Anderson Collection takes readers behind the scenes of the Oscar®-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel with a series of interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Learn all about the film's conception, hear personal anecdotes from the set, and explore the wide variety of sources that inspired the screenplay and imagery—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. Also inside are 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 Previously unpublished production photos, artwork, and ephemera illustrate each essay and interview.The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel stays true to Seitz's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, meticulous design and playful, original illustrations that capture the spirit of Anderson's inimitable aesthetic. Together, they offer a complete overview of Anderson's filmography to date.Praise for the film, The Grand Budapest Hotel: Four Academy Awards®, including Costume Design, Music - Original Score, and Production Design; Nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, and Writing - Original Screenplay; Best Film - Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Awards; Best Original Screenplay, BAFTA, WGA, NYFCC, and LAFCA AwardsPraise for the book, The Wes Anderson Collection: “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 Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: Mad Men Carousel, The Oliver Stone Experience, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads, andThe Wes Anderson Collection.  ...

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The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel Reviews

  • Viktoria (seelieknight)
    2019-02-20 03:36

    Everything Wes Anderson deserves 5 stars. This book was no different. Am I the only one who would love to read an actual lengthy piece of fiction from this man? His mind consistently amazes me. Just imagine how fantastic that would be!

  • madisson ✨
    2019-01-23 02:40

    I love Wes soooooo much, I really hope Matt Zoller Seitz releases a new book for each new Wes Anderson film. I find them truly inspiring.

  • Sketchbook
    2019-02-20 02:24

    Hardly worth a 3 minute scan at your bookstore. Warning: if diabetic, stay away from the movie. The sugar content will send you into a coma. That's where Oscar voters are....

  • Cinnamon Spark
    2019-02-16 02:24

    Exceptionally good. You can find everything you want and need to know about The Grand Budapest Hotel and it's creator's process - and much more. Highly Recommended for every Wes Anderson aficionado out there.

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-02-09 21:34

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Up to very recently, I have to admit that the twee antics of filmmaker Wes Anderson were starting to wear dangerously thin with me, exemplified in the overly precious, simultaneously empty and heavy-handed Moonrise Kingdom from 2012; ah, but then Anderson released the astounding Grand Budapest Hotel two years later, a masterpiece of artificiality with the kind of dark undertones and grand scope that he's so desperately needed in his career to cut through the hipster treacle, a story that was not by coincidence directly inspired by and a loving homage to the obscure anti-Nazi Vienna intellectual Stephan Zweig, whose most famous works all have to do with how World War Two essentially ruined everything great about Europe for good. And for those like me who ended up forming a bit of an obsession over this endlessly inventive movie, you'll definitely want to pick up the companion book put together with the filmmaker's participation (written and edited by the Pulitzer-nominated film critic Matt Zoller Seitz); an overstuffed, oversized coffee table tome, it covers literally every single aspect of this complicated production, from an analytical look at Zweig's writing to hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos from the sets themselves, before-and-after shots of various CG effects, the original drawings from the costume designers, and a lot more. I'm not usually a fan of these expensive "official companion" volumes of Hollywood movies, but Grand Budapest Hotel is simply too big and too impressive a project to pass this one by, a gorgeous volume that's worth every penny.Out of 10: 9.7

  • Elena
    2019-02-18 23:24

    Through a series of interviews, short essays and excerpts, Seitz brings together a collage of the sources, inspiration, and methods used to create the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. As in real life, the film mixes up tragic and comic elements. The mood is one of a lost world, but how grand to actually have something you would regret losing, even if it is an imagined civilization. How is this beautiful world and its loss brought to the screen? Seitz explains technical details, such as adapting narrative devices from Stefan Zweig's fiction to the big screen. In fact he revels in details such as sourcing the facecloth used in the costumes, or aspect ratios. And he provides lots of information about locations and sets. While Anderson in his interviews speaks freely about complex logistics, he is unwilling to name the real-life inspiration for Gustave himself, just that there is one. I also found the interview with Fiennes charming but rather opaque; he's like a magician who doesn't want to reveal his tricks. Seitz compensates for these gaps by placing the GBH in the context of film history, referencing influences on Anderson from Ernst Lubitsch to Stanley Kubrick and on to Werner Herzog. One real joy is the interview with composer Alexandre Desplat, who is able to articulate the way the music is composed to support to shifting moods in the film. There are excerpts from Zweig's writings, but they are best read in their entirety. As one would expect from a publisher as visually savvy as Abrams, the color plates are stunning, providing a chance to notice fine touches that go by too fast on the screen to properly appreciate. There are photos of the sets and how they are used in filming GBH, all arranged on the page to jolt the eye with the contrast between illusion and how it is created, like the ending of the Wizard of Oz.

  • Ashley Choo
    2019-01-23 03:22

    A beautiful book that patiently waited for me to return to it whenever I found a few minutes in a day to sit down with a scalding cup of sweet, milky tea and my favourite biscuits. I listen to the soundtrack once a day, so you can probably tell that I think this movie's pretty damn cool. I especially loved the interview with the wonderful Alexandre Desplat, where he shared his process in creating the flawless soundtracks for Wes Anderson films. I was very sad to part from it after the library sent me very stern warnings to return the book, but it is extremely expensive, but I believe it's worth buying, just to give you happy feelings whenever you look at it.

  • Sonia Jarmula
    2019-01-22 19:19

    A masterwork on the mastery of Wes Anderson.

  • Daphne
    2019-01-22 00:39

    [image error]<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • sanny
    2019-02-09 20:44

    So, so pretty. Perfect as a coffee table book.

  • Jill Meyer
    2019-01-22 02:41

    Wes Anderson "channels" Stefan Zweig...and Matt Zoller Seitz chronicles the resulting movie.Matt Zoller Seitz is the author of "The Wes Anderson Collection", a coffee-table book about the previous Wes Anderson films. He returns with a second book, "The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel", which is devoted to the filming, the writing, the scoring; hell...every part of the making of the movie. It's very detailed and a fine book for any Wes Anderson fan.I am not a rabid "Wes Anderson fan". I've liked several of his movies and not others. I adored "The Royal Tenenbaums" and still wonder if the reason it struck such a chord with me and many others is that it happened to be released in December, 2001. It's melancholy sadness seemed "right" for the time as we coped with the after effects of 9/11. I cry every time I see the movie; maybe it still makes it okay to cry for the other event? I don't know, and that's a subject for another review.Anyway, it was 2014 when "Budapest" was released. Sort of based on the stories of the exiled Stefan Zweig, Wes Anderson brought us an imaginary look at 1930's Mittel Europa and the great hotels where guests "took the waters" for weeks at a time. A large ensemble cast surrounds the superb acting by Ralph Feinnes as "M Gustave", the lead concierge at the "Budapest". The story is silly and poignant and thought-provoking, all at the same time. And along with the acting, the music, the sets, and the costumes were also memorable. Anderson's story takes place every where from the grand hotel, to a wealthy old woman's castle house, to a forbidding prison, to a monastery high in the mountains, then, finally, back to the not-so-grand hotel. The cinematography makes everything look right.How much of the movie is "fact" and how much is "atmosphere"? There are no Nazis in the film; other troops belonging to the "Zig Zag" movement are there, instead. Newspaper headlines speak of the threat of war, but we're not sure exactly where the imaginary country of "Zubrowska" is located, though "the border" seems to be well-manned, making travel and border crossings difficult. This was largely true in the Central European mix of nations in the 1930's.Matt Zoller Seitz's book is a complete look at the movie and the filmmakers, along with the man whose life and work inspired the movie. There is a lengthy section with selections of Stefan Zweig's writings. (For those who want to read an excellent book about Zweig, look for "The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World" by George Prochnik, published in 2014.) Zoller Seitz interviewed the director, the actors, the technical crews...but most of all, he interviewed Wes Anderson. Anderson, that quirky and meticulous director - is he a genius? - is quite candid about all the aspects of the making of the "The Grand Budapest Hotel". This is a large and wonderful book and a good companion to the movie. (By the way, is anyone else upset that Ralph Feinnes didn't get nominated for an Oscar?)

  • Mindi
    2019-01-23 19:19

    I read The Wes Anderson Collection before reading this book, simply because it was published first.I really enjoyed the first Wes Anderson Collection, but this book, which covers only The Grand Budapest Hotel, is nearly the same size as the initial collection (which discusses his first 6 films), and goes into much greater detail. Almost immediately I could see the differences between the two books, especially how flawed the first collection is in comparison.I don't change my ratings because even though months, or even years later I may feel very differently about a book compared to when I first read it, I believe that the first reaction is always the most genuine. Having said that, the first collection is really not a 5 star book when compared to the GBH collection.I am in no way a student of film, but I have always been drawn to Anderson's movies, and so I am drawn to the man himself. This book has much more informative interviews with Anderson than the previous collection. You get the sense that Matt Zoller Seitz has really honed his interviewing skills since writing the first.There is also a tremendous amount of insight from other people involved in the making of the film, including actor Ralph Fiennes, the costume designer, the score's composer, the production designer, and the cinematographer. These interviews are interesting and informative, even for readers who are not very familiar with film making. It's amazing the detail that goes into making a film, and quite often I was surprised how the combination of costumes, the score, and especially film angles and aspect ratios play a large part in making an Anderson film so "Andersonian".Matt Zoller Seitz also talks with Anderson at length about how Stefan Zwieg influenced the making of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and there are even some articles about the author, as well as excerpts from some of his most notable works.This collection has much more substance than the first. Both have gorgeous full sized color stills from the films, as well as the whimsical art of Max Dalton. I recommend both volumes for anyone who is interested in Wes Anderson, but The Grand Budapest Hotel collection is by far a much better read.

  • Rogier Ancona
    2019-02-05 03:44

    An insightful and intriguing read for anyone who loves good storytelling, art and film making.The book presents interviews with Director, art-director, costume-designer, actors, composer and cinematographer for the dark comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. I set on the edge of my seat the entire time i read the book, As if i watched the movie again for the fist time. Looking at the behind the scenes pictures and reading the working proces and thought behind one my favourite films made me want to pick up a pen and start writing again and make films! Don't deprive yourself of the opportunity of learning about GOOD filmmaking the the 21st century!

  • Nauka N.
    2019-01-21 22:37

    as a film enthusiast and a fan of wes anderson's works (and a fan of the grand budapest hotel itself!), i enjoyed this book. in this book, matt zoller gave us several views about the film from different kinds of aspects, from the cinematography, screenplay creative writing, the fashion and music scoring, until how the film interpret a social life in an era. also, this book is also have some interviews from wes anderson himself, and also from ralph fiennes, alexander desplat, and other film industry figures. if you like wes anderson and this film, you should read this book.

  • Adam
    2019-01-25 22:43

    Nearly as strong as Seitz's previous Anderson book. The focus on a single film means the scope is expanded to include interviews with many of Anderson's collaborators and essays by multiple film critics and scholars. Most of this content is worthy, but some of it can't help but feel a bit like padding (do we really need a two page spread taking us through memorable uses of voice over narration in film history simply because the technique is also employed in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL?).

  • Ally Kumari
    2019-02-02 20:38

    I read the first half, skimmed the second. This books has a marvelous production design and offers some intersting insight into the vision and creation of this remarkable movie (one of my absolute favourites). At the same time I felt lot of time was spent on topic not completely relevant to it, and in essense I suppose I had hoped more for something in the vein of bonus LOTR DVDs.

  • Allison
    2019-01-22 21:29

    Perfect for film nerds and Wes Anderson fans. I loved the depth and breadth of this book all surrounding one film.

  • Walter
    2019-02-14 20:31

    The author of this new book Matt Zoller Seitz, also published "The Wes Anderson Collection" which covers the first seven Wes Anderson Films. I own the book and all the films and greatly enjoyed reading the informative book. This new book follows the same format, but instead of covering a film in 35-45 pages, we have 256 pages about "The Grand Budapest Hotel" only. Lavishly illustrated with many photographs, stills, production drawings and illustrations by Max Dalton, this book is very informative, not only about the latest Wes Anderson film, but also his method of working, research, sources and filming. A lot can be learned about the world of Wes Anderson by reading this book.The book is divided into three sections, "The Idea of Europe", "The Snow-Globe Version" and the "At The Algonquin Hotel". Each section begins with an interview of Wes Anderson by Matt Zoller Seitz. The first interview concentrates on the characters and the actors, the second on the making of the film and the third on the sources of the film, in particular the works of author Stefan Zweig. That said, many other subjects also come up in the three interviews. They make for interesting reading.There are also interviews of Ralph Fiennes, who played Gutave H. the main character in the movie, cinematographer Robert Yeoman, Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, Costume Designer Milena Canonero and several others. Each one of these are interesting to read and we learns more about Anderson's well thought out meticulous style and manner of working.Interspersed are many photographs from the film as well as reference photographs from other films such as "The Shop Around the Corner", "Amadeus", "The Red Shoes" and many others. There are vignettes of the careers of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and other actors. There is a whole section on the role of the narrator in this and other films such as "Barry Lyndon", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Big Lebowski". There are also some pages of the script, the building of the model of the Hotel, excerpts from the writings of Stefan Zweig and most fascinating to me how certain scenes were shot. In short this is a gold mine of information about the film.A well written and informative essay by Ali Arikan "Worlds of Yesterday" offers one of the most interesting interpretations of the film I have read, and of its structure and meaning.The book is well printed and bound as books published by Abrams usually are.

  • emma
    2019-02-07 00:25

    not to sound like a total ditz, but my favorite part of this book was the pictures.

  • Hanah
    2019-02-21 03:38

    This book was truly a masterpiece. I may have a bias since I am a dedicated fan of Wes Anderson films, but everything about this book is appealing. From the moment I saw the book across the store I knew that I had to buy it no matter how much it cost, and within minutes it was tucked safely into a bag with a receipt hanging from the pages. I couldn't wait to get home and be able to read it! Upon arriving home to make the book reading more exciting I put on a playlist filled with songs from The Grand Budapest Hotel soundtrack. Every page was so colourful and inspiring. The different type treatments, the paper textures, the matte, smooth cover. It was all perfect.Even if you are not a fan of Wes Anderson, or have seen none of his films it is still an amazing book to read. The amount of details about the movie portrayed in text blocks and full colour images is something to behold. From the view of a graphic designer this book is amazing! The colour schemes, the type treatments, paper choice, layout, but enough about the design element. The contents cover the making of the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, featuring many great things such as plans written on scrap paper and other misc. items. If you are interested in learning about the creation of films then this is a great book for you, otherwise this book is appealing more to the Wes Anderson fan base. Not saying that you can't read it if you are not interested in film creation, it is just not your typical informative book.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-21 22:45

    I absolutely loved this book <3It really talks about every aspect of the movie and it just became all the more interesting to me. There was 3 interviews with Wes Anderson, and I felt his personnality shined-through them, especially because it wasn't quite focused on the movie only. I really enjoyed the other interviews too who were more specific to their are of expertise. The book was so pleasant to read too. Not only because of to content, but because of it's format and design! I felt like it was the continuation of the movie in book format. I also loved that there were so many pictures to illustrate their point. I feel like it's a must if you want to know more about the movie (especially if you loved it), and you want to know more about Wes Anderson's ideas and process.

  • Devin Garabedian
    2019-02-15 19:22

    Another brilliant collaboration between the greatest living film critic and one of the greatest living, American filmmakers. Seitz instinctively understands that a truly great interview is a dialogue; one where both the artist and the critic collaborate through conversation to explore a subject, each bringing their own experiences and knowledge to the discussion. Seitz is one of the most knowledgeable and articulate critics working today, and it shows everywhere across this latest Anderson instalment: his thorough understanding not just of filmmaking techniques, but of literary history, musical theory and other things besides, makes him the ideal person to be reviving these sort of dialogue-based spotlight interviews.

  • Peng
    2019-02-12 01:24

    I love the previous one, "The Wes Anderson Collection", but having the same length for specifically one film might be too much of a good thing. I know that sounds absurd, especially for people who love the film (like me) and want to delve into its construction and makers behind it. But the all-compassing details into everything lead to many repetitious statements, declarations, or observations. And some aspects are less interesting than others. Still, the way MZS structures and integrates the art, drawings, and pictures into the text are as eye-pleasingly gorgeous as ever. You can get lost in its colors and world.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-27 22:33

    First I was struck by how gorgeous this book is! I also really enjoyed delving deeper into the influence of Stefan Zweig on this film, and the echoes of his fin-de-siecle Vienna in The Grand Budapest hotel, albeit the setting is a fictional European country. Fascinating use of frame narratives and exploration of storytelling itself. Really looking forward to reading some of Zweig's work now!

  • Alan
    2019-02-15 03:19

    The art book cover alone is worth the price. An exception to my self-imposed edict of no coffee table books, this gem is so much more. Not really a behind-the-scenes or making-of-the-film book, but a study of storytelling in both film and literature. This is a book to savor and return to just to feast the eyes on the stunning full-page photos..

  • Chris Kiraly
    2019-02-17 00:31

    Without the baggage of Anderson's "lesser" films this ode to perhaps his greatest film yet succeeds on every level. Equally encompassing Zweig's inspirational material, along with a fantastic interview with Anderson himself, if you found yourself wanting for more Mendals and Gustav then this is a must buy.

  • Ajay
    2019-02-05 19:28

    Insightful, detailed and gorgeous to behold, this book is a treat to read and highly recommended for fans of Wes Anderson's movies, though any general movie aficionado will also find the journey behind the making of a modern classic interesting and engaging.

  • Mark
    2019-02-06 20:37

    Great film.

  • Alex
    2019-02-10 23:44

    A must own collection if you are a fan of Wes Anderson.

  • Jen
    2019-02-15 20:31

    Definitely my favorite of the recent Wes Anderson movies and this book was a delightful companion to the film.