It’s no secret that Wes Anderson loves a literary reference. But this video essay from The A to Z Review has compiled all the most literary moments in movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore. It also explores how Anderson peppers his movies with literary devices like narrators and symbolism. We’ve never had better visual proof of how much Anderson loves overhead shots of books—whether they’re being reverently held, carefully opened, or revealed inside a suitcase.
This Video Essay Explores the Literary Aspects of Wes Anderson’s Movies