For these past two decades, Wes Anderson has been one of the most prominent movie director. As we can see in all of his movies such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007, and the most recent “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), he has this signature, distinctive style which is put into every one of his movies.
Anderson’s exquisite style apparently attracted RogerEbert.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Matt Zoller Seitz to investigate Anderson’s work. Seitz recently released his book titled “The Wes Anderson Collection” that sums up all of Anderson’s movies from the first to the latest one. This book contains an in-depth overview of Anderson’s works, so that it guides the readers through Anderson’s life and career supported by previously unpublished photographs and artworks.
Seitz also created a video essay series based on the book that we can watch online through RogerEbert.com’s Vimeo channel. Seitz scripted and narrated the videos by himself. These video are divided in seven chapters, in accordance with Anderson’s movie titles. In these videos, Seitz takes the watchers to take a closer look into Anderson’s creations. They are insightful as they give a broader horizon about the films and Anderson as the creator of the films.
To date, there are five parts of this video essay series including Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited. The other chapters are coming as the series will be completed with a double feature of Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom which are going to be posted Friday, October 25th. So make sure you keep checking back the channel because this video essay series is too good to be missed.
To watch the rest of the series, visit RogerEbert.com’s Vimeo page.
Text by Vania Chandra Kirana