THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS: The Wes Anderson Collection book release with Matt Zoller Seitz
In celebration of his new book THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION, award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz will be appearing for a very special screening of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, Anderson's richly conceived saga of the fading glory of a once-great family.
Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster.
Zoller Seitz will present an illustrated deconstruction of the film's prologue, exploring its many influences and allusions, and participate in a discussion following the screening.
THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.