ScreenAnarchy - When did your love for Wes Anderson films begin?
Seitz - My love for Wes Anderson's films started when I came across his short film Bottle Rocket. This was during the period that I was viewing shorts that were going to play the USA Film Festival in Dallas, where I was working as a young alternative press film critic. I was immediately captivated by how confident and assured Wes' style was, and even more impressed when I found out that he was about my age, maybe 23 or 24 at the time.
He and his collaborators, Luke and Owen Wilson, struck me as incredibly talented and people who were likely to have long careers ahead of them. The prospect of writing about people like that at the beginning of their career was incredibly exciting and I ended up writing three pieces about them for that newspaper.
I stayed in touch with Wes after that, communicating with him here and there over the next couple of decades. This book is the ultimate result of all that.
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