The Wes Anderson Collection
The Wes Anderson Collection (2013, Abrams), edited by Matt Zoller Seitz, is a lavishly illustrated and perceptively written new book about one of the most influential directors now working. Wes Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom—so instantly recognizable. In celebration of the book, the Museum presents a day-long program, with a screening of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, followed by a panel discussion and a book signing. To cap off the day, there will be a screening of a restored 35mm print of Fellini’s 8½. The Fellini film was a clear influence on Anderson for The Life Aquatic. Both movies are about filmmakers, and were filmed at Cinecittà in Rome. Matt Zoller Seitz is the editor of rogerebert.com, and the television critic for New York magazine. In 2009, he created a five-part video essay, The Substance of Style, about Wes Anderson and his influences, published on Moving Image Source.