Riding high on the success of the ongoing awards season, The Grand Budapest Hotel, by the eternally quirky director, Wes Anderson, has received new attention. This time by way of a book that is dedicated to the film – The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Matt Zoller Seitz, and his publishers Abrams Books, narrowly missed out on including Anderson’s latest film in his previous book The Wes Anderson Collection, which was a full filmography of Anderson’s (then) seven films, and so decided to produce a stand alone companion publication to the BAFTA-winning film.

The book is visually stunning and a “portrait of a directors aesthetic in book form” as Zoller Seitz puts it himself. It is layered with sections, each dedicated to a specific element that went into making the film, including a section dedicated to the cinematographer Robert Yeoman who helped Anderson realise his cinematic vision, and has worked on all but one of Anderson’s past films. There is an in-depth interview with Ralph Fiennes, the film’s leading man, which investigates the stylised acting in the film. And of course there is a section dedicated to Anderson himself, again, first hand accounts from an interview that Zoller Seitz conducted with him directly, where he reveals details behind the film’s conception and shares anecdotes from the making of. 

Zoller Seitz says that his end game was to “create a book that has a sense of architecture, a sense of floors and rooms, not unlike the hotel that inspired it” and it would appear that he has achieved just that. Take a look at some of the Anderson-esque illustrations from the beautiful book below and watch the animated tailer to the book…