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The Big Screen: ‘The Wes Anderson Collection’

by Stephen Becker 14 Nov 2013 8:25 AM

This week we talk to film critic Matt Zoller Seitz about his book-length interview with the Texas director.


Wes Anderson got his start as a director with Bottle Rocket, which he wrote with Dallas’ Owen Wilson and filmed in North Texas. Since then, he’s directed The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and other films and earned three Oscar nominations.

Now he’s the subject of a book by Dallas native Matt Zoller Seitz. You might remember him from his days as a film critic for the Dallas Observer. He’s now the editor of and the television critic for New York magazine. His book-length interview with the director is titled, simply, The Wes Anderson Collection. So we asked him: What about Anderson warrants a book?

“One of the things that jumped out at me immediately way back when – which is about 1994, when I saw the short-film version of Bottle Rocket – is he had an incredibly assured style that was very sophisticated. It was obviously built from a lot of component parts, but you couldn’t readily identify them. They weren’t obvious immediately,” he told us. “As I said in one of the pieces in this book, ‘Wes Anderson does not make references. He has influences.”

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