The Wes Anderson Collection Book

I completely forgot I pre-ordered this book and it's been waiting for me in a box. It's one of the most beautiful books I'll own, The Wes Anderson Collection. It's a series of essays, photographs, notes, and inspiration from Wes Anderson. I've blogged about his book on the making of Fantastic Mr. Fox here, and this is going to be a beautiful addition next to it. 

The Wes Anderson Collection cover on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection Book inside cover on ourcitylights

My favorite part is the story behind 111 Archer Ave, also known as The Royal Tenenbaums home. The house was foreclosed and sold for less than most homes are sold for in Orange County. It didn't have any natural light in the kitchen, so they asked the neighbor to borrow their kitchen, but everything else was filmed inside the home. The house was also large enough to accommodate the entire crew in each room. There's more stories like this in the book, I recommend you read it yourself. 

The Wes Anderson Collection Archer Ave Essay on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection The Royal Tenenbaums essay on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection The Royal Tenenbaums inspo on ourcitylights

His section on Max Fischer is also another favorite. This is where my Mordecai Max's middle name comes from, Rushmore is one of my favorite films and as annoying as he was at times, he was so endearing and persevered despite his shortcomings. And yes, Mordecai was a tie-in to the book of Esther and Mordecai in the Royal Tenenbaums. 

The Wes Anderson Collection book Max Fischer essay on ourcitylights

I also learned recently Mr. Pagoda, Kumar Pallana passed away. He didn't have a large role in either of Anderson's movies, but it was enough to leave a strong impression on his movies. You can read more about his amazing life here I wrote back in 2009. RIP, you were my favorite. 

 

The Wes Anderson Collection The Darjeeling Limited Polaroids on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection Book The Royal Tenenbaums inspo page on ourcitylights
The Wes Anderson Collection Book Moonrise Kingdom portraits on ourcitylights

You can buy the book on Amazon, Target, Modcloth, and One Kings Lane.