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The funny world of Wesley Anderson.
on 30 April 2015
Anderson doesn't have fans, he has disciples and I am one, albeit not utterly uncritical. This is the ideal present for the discerning Andersonite,a satisfyingly hefty tome designed with care and a beautiful object in itself. Understandably, it lacks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', released after the book, but the lovely photographs and the chapters devoted to the other films are a treasure trove of charming images and give one an insight into the whimsical world of this signal auteur. He reminds me a little of the Coens in that the mise en scene has an often contrived quality - surely any auteur must? - but where they seem to have ingested something ever so slightly nasty, with Anderson there's always niceness at work. His puckish quality is always to the fore too, making his outings nicely unpredictable and invariably featuring at least one pair of characters in some way united against the world. Hugely entertaining book, glad to have it.