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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

  • Rate: 8.4/10 total 3,559 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 26 February 2014 (France)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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  • IMDb page: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • Rate: 8.4/10 total 3,559 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 26 February 2014 (France)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Görlitz, Saxony, Germany
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Soundtrack: Kamarinskaya
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Hotel | Concierge | Painting | Elevator | Train

Writing Credits By:

  • Stefan Zweig (inspired by the works of)
  • Wes Anderson (story) &
  • Hugo Guinness (story)
  • Wes Anderson (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Bill Murray’s character’s name can be read in hungarian as “Mi van?” which means: “What’s going on?”. 38 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Saoirse Ronan’s character is responsible for making the hotel’s signature confection, the Courtisane au Chocolat. “Making them wasn’t easy,” says Ronan. “Forget the action scenes in Hanna – these little pastries were the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a movie.” 17 of 17 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Wes Anderson’s seventh collaboration with Bill Murray. 51 of 56 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Tilda Swinton underwent hours in the makeup chair to play the 84-year-old dowager Madame D. “We’re not usually working with a vast, Bruckheimer-type budget on my films, so often we’re trying a work-around,” says director Wes Anderson. “But for the old-age makeup I just said, ‘Let’s get the most expensive people we can.'” 20 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Angela Lansbury was originally cast in the movie but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the stage production of Driving Miss Daisy and was replaced by Tilda Swinton. 32 of 36 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Full summary » |  »

Story: GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Written byFox Searchlight Pictures

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Wes Anderson known as producer
  • Eli Bush known as co-producer
  • Molly Cooper known as executive producer
  • Jeremy Dawson known as producer
  • Christoph Fisser known as executive producer
  • Henning Molfenter known as executive producer
  • Octavia Peissel known as associate producer
  • Steven M. Rales known as producer
  • Scott Rudin known as producer
  • Charlie Woebcken known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ralph Fiennes known as M. Gustave
  • F. Murray Abraham known as Mr. Moustafa
  • Mathieu Amalric known as Serge X.
  • Adrien Brody known as Dmitri
  • Willem Dafoe known as Jopling
  • Jeff Goldblum known as Deputy Kovacs
  • Harvey Keitel known as Ludwig
  • Jude Law known as Young Writer
  • Bill Murray known as M. Ivan
  • Edward Norton known as Henckels
  • Saoirse Ronan known as Agatha
  • Jason Schwartzman known as M. Jean
  • Léa Seydoux known as Clotilde
  • Tilda Swinton known as Madame D.
  • Tom Wilkinson known as Author
  • Owen Wilson known as M. Chuck
  • Tony Revolori known as Zero
  • Larry Pine known as Mr. Mosher
  • Giselda Volodi known as Serge's Sister
  • Florian Lukas known as Pinky
  • Karl Markovics known as Wolf
  • Volker Michalowski known as Gunther (as Volker 'Zack' Michalowski)
  • Neal Huff known as Lieutenant
  • Bob Balaban known as M. Martin
  • Fisher Stevens known as M. Robin
  • Wallace Wolodarsky known as M. Georges (as Wally Wolodarsky)
  • Waris Ahluwalia known as M. Dino
  • Jella Niemann known as Student
  • Marcel Mazur known as Author's Grandson
  • Robert Bienas known as Alpine Hiker
  • Manfred Lindner known as Front Desk (1968)
  • Oliver Claridge known as Composer
  • Bernhard Kremser known as Businessman
  • Kunichi Nomura known as Actor
  • Sister Anna Rademacher known as Nun
  • Heinz-Werner Jeschkowski known as Bather
  • Steffen Scheumann known as Head Waiter (1968)
  • Sabine Euler known as Schoolteacher
  • Renate Klein known as Widow
  • Uwe Holoubek known as Second Waiter (1968)
  • Francesco Zippel known as Footman (1932)
  • Eric Hoffmann known as Footman (1932)
  • Daniel Steiner known as Anatole
  • Marie Goyette known as Housekeeper (1932)
  • Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen known as Ernst
  • Paul Schlase known as Igor
  • Jeno Orosz known as Doorman (1932)
  • Gyula Lukacs known as Doorman (1932)
  • Darin Damjanow known as Chauffeur
  • Dar Ronge known as Crippled Shoeshine Boy
  • Georg Rittmannsperger known as Front Desk (1932)
  • Dirk Bossmann known as Front Desk (1932)
  • Arwin Lobedann known as Front Desk (1932)
  • Robin Hurlstone known as Herr Schneider
  • Jutta Westphal known as Frau Liebling
  • Matthias Holfert known as (Chef 1932)
  • Lisa Kreuzer known as Grande Dame
  • Gisela Bech known as Grande Dame
  • Birgit Müller known as Grande Dame
  • Ursula Kuhnt known as Grande Dame
  • Monika Krüger known as Grande Dame
  • Wolfram Nielacny known as Herr Becker
  • Reinhold Hegelow known as Head Waiter (1932)
  • Steffen Nixdorf known as Second Waiter (1932)
  • Rainer Reiners known as Herr Mendl
  • Milton Welsh known as Frnaz
  • Piet Paes known as Taxi Driver
  • Michaela Caspar known as Marguerite
  • Sabine Urig known as Laetizia
  • Heike Hanold-Lynch known as Carolina
  • Roy Macready known as Old Man
  • John Peet known as Young Man
  • Carl Sprague known as Distant Relation
  • Golo Euler known as Lutz Police Militia
  • Jürgen Schwämmle known as Lutz Police Militia
  • Frank Jacob known as Giant Convict
  • Claudia Jung known as Usherette
  • Roman Berger known as Parcel Inspector
  • Michael Benthin known as Snitch
  • Matthias Matschke known as Prison Guard
  • Lennart Meyer known as Lobby Boy
  • Alfred Hänel known as Lobby Boy
  • Manpreet Gerlach known as Lobby Boy
  • David Adamik known as Lobby Boy
  • Moritz Hepper known as Lobby Boy
  • David Cioffi known as Cook
  • Lucas Hedges known as Pump Attendant
  • Wolfgang Ceczor known as Monk
  • Philipp Sonntag known as Monk
  • Hans Martin Stier known as Monk
  • Georg Tryphon known as Monk
  • Gabriel Rush known as Otto
  • Hannes Wegener known as Soldier
  • Gerald Sullivan known as Soldier
  • Oliver Hazell known as Soldier
  • Ben Howard known as Soldier
  • Bohumil Váchal known as Judge
  • Marko Dyrlich known as Zig-Zag
  • Ed Munro known as 'Boy with Apple' (model) (as Edel Muro)
  • Mario Rohn known as Portier #2 (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Mark Coulier known as prosthetic makeup designer
  • Shaune Harrison known as life casting
  • Duncan Jarman known as key prosthetic makeup artist
  • Doreen Kindler known as additional makeup artist
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • David Malinowski known as special makeup effects artist
  • Colum Mangan known as effects technician
  • Colum Mangan known as workshop technician
  • Heike Merker known as makeup & hair supervisor
  • Maren Meyer known as additional makeup artist
  • Stephen Murphy known as prosthetics make up artist
  • Daniela Skala known as makeup & hair artist
  • Elise Tillmann known as additional makeup artist/hair stylist
  • Manuela Watschkow known as additional makeup artist
  • Josh Weston known as special makeup effects artist
  • Andrea Leanza known as prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Annie Atkins known as lead graphic designer
  • Friederike Beckert known as store manager
  • Roman Berger known as stand-by carpenter
  • Katharina Birkenfeld known as assistant set decorator
  • Marc Boden-Buga known as graphic designer: Schein Berlin
  • Josef Brandl known as set designer
  • Fergus Clegg known as assistant set decorator
  • Matt Cooke known as props storeman
  • Quentin Davies known as storeman
  • Ute Feuerstacke known as greenery leadman
  • Eckart Friz known as prop buyer
  • Katharina Hafermaas known as miniature model painter
  • Douglas Ingram known as storyboard artist
  • Jesse Jones known as drapesman
  • Vince Kastner known as prop buyer
  • Boris Kiselicki known as concept artist
  • Roxy Konrad known as art department co-ordinator
  • Liliana Lambriev known as graphic designer: Schein Berlin
  • Carolin Langenbahn known as set dec coordinator
  • Alexander Liebenthron known as prop buyer: prep
  • Sebastian Lochmann known as sculptor
  • Patrick Lojek known as head of department carpenter
  • Marie Charlotte Matthaei known as set dresser
  • Robin L. Miller known as property master
  • Marc Murawski known as supervisor carpenter
  • Cleo Nethersole known as drapes master
  • Tarnia Nicol known as assistant art director
  • Uli Passauer known as set dresser
  • Louise Pokutta known as junior model maker
  • Marco Pressler known as construction manager
  • Melanie Reichert known as construction buyer
  • Robert Samtleben known as assistant to construction manager
  • Miguel Schmid known as art department production assistant
  • Till Sennhenn known as stand-by propman
  • Florian Speidel known as set dresser
  • Stefan Speth known as assistant art director
  • Carl Sprague known as concept illustrator
  • Anna Staudacher known as art department intern
  • Kobita Syed known as store woman
  • David Thummerer known as set dresser
  • Ulrich Zeidler known as concept artist

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Scott Rudin Productions
  • Indian Paintbrush
  • Studio Babelsberg
  • American Empirical Pictures (co-production)

Other Companies:

  • ABKCO Music and Records  soundtrack
  • Agentur Filmgesichter  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • DW Gebäudereinigung  set cleaning services
  • De Lane Lea  sound re-recording
  • FTA Film und Theaterausstatung  set decoration
  • Film Ambulanz Hamburg  medical props
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures  funding
  • Kostüm und Requisiten Fundus Studio Babelsberg  costume rental
  • Lufthansa City Center Tour Atlantica Reisen & Touristik  travel agency
  • MaGaMo  makeup equipment
  • Mad About Technology (MAT)  telescopic camera tower and remote head: Towercam FXL
  • Mecon Media Concept  extras payroll
  • Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg  funding: EUR 450, 000
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg  funding: EUR 450,000
  • Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM)  funding: EUR 900, 000
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital intermediate
  • Nickern GbR Grötzsch & Hofmann  logistics
  • SchmackoFatz'Zz  extras catering
  • Shotz Picture Vehicles  picture vehicle coordination
  • Star's Dinner Express  catering: Görlitz
  • Sturm Handels GmbH Kostümverleih  military props
  • Theaterkunst Kostümausstatung  costume rental
  • Vorsprung  transportation coordination
  • West 7 Post Production  editing equipment
  • Zasa Lights  balloon lights

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Barracuda Movie (2014) (Slovakia) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Big Picture 2 Films (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • CinemArt (2014) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • InterCom (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Belarus) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Kazakhstan) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)
  • LUXX Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Ulysses Argetta known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Derek Bird known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Andrea Block known as visual effects supervisor: LUXX Studios
  • Jan Burda known as compositing lead: LOOK Effects
  • S. Andreas Dahn known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Simone De Salvatore known as matte painter: LOOK Effects
  • Holger Delfs known as modelmaker
  • Michael Desnoyelles known as digital compositor: LUXX Studios
  • Joseph DiValerio known as visual effects artist
  • Henrik Fett known as visual effects executive producer: LOOK Effects
  • Jenny Foster known as visual effects producer: LOOK Effects
  • Alex Friedrich known as senior modelmaker
  • David Geoghegan known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Buddy Gheen known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Christian Haas known as visual effects supervisor: LUXX Studios
  • Alexander Hupperich known as visual effects artist: LUXX Studios
  • Zoran Kazic known as visual effects artist: LUXX Studios
  • Eric A. Kohler known as visual effects producer (Hydraulx)
  • Tristan Lilien known as visual effects artist: LUXX Studios
  • Daniel Molina known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Berton Pierce known as model maker
  • Nina Pries known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Thorsten Rienth known as lead fx artist: LUXX Studios
  • Gabriel Sanchez known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Frank Schlegel known as miniature effects supervisor
  • Ralph Segi known as software developer: LUXX Studios
  • Dirk Stoppe known as visual effects editor: LOOK Effects
  • Jonas Stuckenbrock known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Simon Weisse known as supervising modelmaker
  • Marco Wilz known as matte painter: LOOK Effects
  • Mark Edward Wright known as visual effects editor: Hydraulx (as Mark Wright)
  • Cindy Schnitter known as modelmaker (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. corrosion-2 from United Arab Emirates
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Wes Anderson is one of the most original film makers working today.None of his films can be categorized into any particular genre. Hislatest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened the Berlin FilmFestival, continues that trend. It is a tale within a tale withinanother tale. Whilst every shot has been meticulously arranged asthough a work of Art hanging in a museum, story wise Anderson has lethis imagination run wild. Though the tale (with Tom Wilkinson as theauthor of the story) and the tale within the tale (with Jude Law as theyoung author & F Murray Abraham as the mysterious owner of THe GrandBudapest Hotel) have straightforward narratives, the tale within thetale within the tale, which comprises the bulk of the film and is setin the years preceding the Second World War, is a wild uproarious trainride of story telling. It also boasts the cast of a life time: RalphFiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe,Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson & countlesscameos. It will delight Anderson fans but is more likely destined forArt house cinemas as it is too off center for mainstream audiences. Theproduction design and music are outstanding and even the end creditsare imaginatively done (and received another ovation from theaudience).

  2. avonroon from United States, Hollywood
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Great, how Amercian Filmmakers have discovered the Sächsische Schweizand Görlitz. The shots in this film are beautiful and dreamy, it almostseems unreal. This part of Germany had also inspired Karl May to writehis Winnetou, Apache Gold novels, supposedly never even having been tothe US. The cast is fun to watch, it is amazing to see Ralph Fiennesagain, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham,Mathieu Amalric. Adrien Brody and Jeff Golfblum make some very nicechoices. Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan and Jude Law are sofunny, they just use the right amount of slapstick. Harvey Keitel lookslike no time passed passed since making "The piano". What a greatensemble. There are also some nice references to Sir Alfred Hitchcockand Roman Polanski. If you are a Wes Anderson and Stefan Zweig Fan, TheGrand Budapest Hotel is a lot of fun.

  3. george.schmidt (gpschmidt67@gmail.com) from fairview, nj
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) **** Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F.Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, JeffGoldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, SaoirseRonan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson,Larry Pine, Lea Seydoux,Giselda Volodi, Florian Lukas, Bob Balaban,Fisher Stevens, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia. Wunderkindfilmmaker Wes Anderson continues to outdo himself in all matters ofwhimsy in this mirth-filled mischievous romp set in a fictionalEuropean country in flashback 1932 with bisexual bon vivant Fiennes(having a field day) as the concierge of the eponymous poshestablishment taking a new 'lobby boy' (newcomer Revolori) under hiswing as mentor/protégé and embroiled in an inheritance battle of witsinvolving a priceless painting, thuggish vulgarians and a dash ofsharp-witted observations thrown in for good measure. Resplendentproduction design by Adam Stockhausen, Robert D. Yeoman's pictureperfect cinematography and a cheeky screenplay by Anderson and HugoGuinness inspired by Stefan Zweig's canon the film is a well-oiledmachinery enmeshed with a crazy quilt more-than-a-cameo filled cast ofWho's Who all relishing their moments however brief of irreverency andtact(less) behavior. Fun, funny and surprisingly poignant with a hintof historical nostalgia of what could've/should've been. Finally thefirst Must See Film of 2014!

  4. baron_genitalstrassen from Gerst
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I loved Bottle Rockets and Rushmore. excellent movies, but… five dudsin a row as of now. Before I say how much I disliked Grand BudapestHotel, let me start by saying that I consider Rushmore (1998) to be oneof the more important films I have seen. However, since Rushmore andits predecessor, Bottle Rocket (1996), Wes Anderson has shown hisaudience very little to convince them that he's interested in growingas an artist. His recent films (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou(2001) and The Royal Tennenbaums (2004) , Anderson has been fixatedlargely portraying little more than spoiled and sheltered rich kidsenacting affected and weak characters to heavy handed ends.

    While his first two films worked with themes very well (maybe thescripts were just better) his films since, have had little else tosupport them other than their evident "quirkiness".

    His reliance on his childhood friends as a safety net to indulge himtime after time despite the lack of palpable inspiration isregrettable.

    Is it too much to ask of a very talented director for a probing andmature evolution of his initial inspiration for film-making?Professionally, one would maybe address the success of using his mostlyensemble cast to some triumph and then try something else after threeor four films? Budapest has a great premise, wholly ripped off fromclassic 30s era Hollywood, (Grand Hotel, anyone?) very interestingactors and the stunning canvas of Eastern Europe to work with but allWes could muster from it was a small collection of gags surroundingonly a hint of actual family drama about the hoteliers of whom I couldhardly feel any empathy. I didn't feel like there really was a death inthis unresolved whodunnit, and that the characters were just talkingabout it because it was in the script! Wes Anderson isn't here toduplicate the magic of Rushmore for me or any other disappointed filmgoers who loved his first two movies as much as I did, but it won'tstop me from saying that I am embarrassed for him lately. He hasdevolved into a director who has left substance behind for style alone.

    In the interest of recognizing the diversity of public opinion let meadd that when the film was over there were six or eight people whoapplauded, causing the rest of us to blush and cringe as the lightswent up.

  5. saschakrieger from Germany
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Film is often compared to dreams, after all Hollywood us called the"dream factory", leading us into strange lands that often only exist aslong as the lights are low and the projector is running. So it is onlyfitting that the world's largest film festival would open with anelaborate and visually overwhelming dream. Such is Wes Anderson's TheGrand Budapest Hotel, telling the story of Zero, a lobby boy at aluxury hotel in a pre-war fantasy state who is mentored by thelegendary concierge Monsieur Gustave and plunges into an epic adventurewith him. The film is a brightly colored tour de force, hilariouslyfunny, a crazy comic book world full of strange and enchantingcreatures. A passing, temporary world in which one can, for a shorttime, live or at least imagine a dream life. Like a hotel. The visualsare astounding, the story-telling, fast-paced, inventive, alwayssurprising, the characters quirky, grotesque, lovable. The GrandBudapest Hotel is a gigantic and excessively sweet candy floss kind ofa movie full of a stellar cast on the edge of quirkiness, a wildlyentertaining ride that fully exploits film's ability to create fantasyworlds that still manage to lay bare hints of the world we know. Fordespite all the colorfulness, the film also tells the story of a worldthreatened by war and violence, a dream long turned into nightmare. TheGrand Budapest Hotel has its redundancies (such as the present dayframing story) but it is a beautiful homage to the past we have lostbut are encouraged to re- create and create anew with the greatest giftwe have: imagination. And ultimately, it is a tribute to that wonderfuldream machine we call cinema filled with hints and associations forthose who want to find them (down to such a detail as the aspect ratio)– albeit one that doesn't take itself too seriously. Which might be itsmost charming and enchanting quality.

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  6. nazia000777 from Pakistan
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I can fully understand that Anderson's overdecorated, overstylized andhighly self-conscious movies aren't for everyone, but at least some ofthe criticism rests on a faulty philosophical or aesthetic footing. Domovies made in a more naturalistic mode, like mainstream comedies anddramas with their formulaic three-act plots, actually do a better jobof reproducing human relationships or social reality? What about moviesset in outrageously artificial universes, like action films orthrillers, where we simply agree to overlook the fact that everythingthat happens is wildly implausible? To move the question to a largerframe, since when are the movies supposed to create a convincingsimulacrum of reality? American cinema, which remains the medium'sdominant model, hardly ever does and hardly ever has.

  7. Simon Benro from Berlin
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Wes Anderson (The royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) is a name that'sknown to most people because the world he creates in his films are soeccentric and unique to him that no one else can do it.

    The Grand Budapest hotel is a Wes Anderson film down to his very core.It has all his classic techniques such as push in, whip pans, cameramoves with dialogs, title cards etc. The films draws on the writing ofViennese intellectual Stefan zweig.

    In the Grand Budapest hotel we are transported back to 1932 by Mr.Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) the owner of the Grand Budapest hotel. Hetells writer (Jude law) how he came into possession of the hotel.

    Wes Anderson has not only mastered the art of auteur directing he hasalso made a name for himself as a story teller this is why there is abig line up of Hollywood stars begging to be in his film. He definitelyuses this to his advantage as we can see The grand Budapest hotel hasone of the most colorful cast list of the year.

    Wes Anderson has provided Ralph Fiennes with one of his mostdistinguished roles playing Gustav H the powerful concierge at the headof the establishment. He is a well knowledged, well dressed well-spokenand well-mannered man. He also has a dirty habit of bedding old richladies most notably Madame D (Tilda Swinton). She passes away and willsher priceless painting Boy with Apple to Gustav H leading to fightingfrenzy with her son Dimitir (Adrien Brody) and Jopling (William Defoe).

    During this fight he is helped by Zero (Tony Revolori). Newcomer TonyRevolori has definitely made a name for him self as actor to watch outfor. His on screen charm with Ralph Fiennes as they travel thecountryside with various forces on their tail is mesmerizing. Duringthis journey is where we see why The Grand Budapest hotel is theultimate Wes Anderson film. The traveling with forces on their tails issimilar to that of The Darjeeling limited as it mostly takes place ontrains, the goofy romance that zero has with Agatha (Saoirse Ronan) isvery similar to Moonrise Kingdom. All Wes Anderson fans will bow to thewonders of this film and non fans will be automatically converted.

  8. Patrick James from Brighton & Hove, England
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Well I had not seen a Wes Anderson film before and I was attracted tothis by the trailer which is full of lovely looking shots.

    The film itself certainly does look beautiful and the way in which someof the scenes are shot is really very clever.

    The whole film has a cartoon quality about it and some of the scenesare indeed animated such as the introduction of the hotel itself.

    Three different screen ratios are used, one for each period in thefilm. I don't think this worked particularly well and personally Iwould have preferred just sticking with 2.35:1 throughout. I got a bitfed up with what looks like a narrow square for much of the film.

    It is a joyful romp, however nothing about it ever touches very deeply.

  9. littlewritingmachine
    10 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    The Film Authority reviews The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Wes Anderson's eclectic films have sometimes seemed burdened by thecinema of the past; The Royal Tennenbaums recalls John Irving's TheHotel New Hampshire, while The Darjeeling Limited references Indiancinema. By looking back to the writings of Austrian humorist StefanZweig, whose The World of Yesterday is suffused by nostalgia, Andersonfinds a common soul to work with, and the result is a complex,over-stuffed but frequently delightful film, at odds with modernfashions. Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H, a concierge at a glamorouseastern-European hotel who takes an interest in a lobby-boy Zero (TonyRevolori). Gustave has a secret passion for the elderly Madame D (TildaSwinton), but when she dies, an act of art-theft sets himself up as herkiller, and Gustave and Zero break out of jail to attempt to clear hisname. Told through flashbacks between an older Zero (F Murray Abraham)and an interested writer (Jude Law), The Grand Budapest Hotel is busyeven by Anderson's standards, with cameos from Owen Wilson, BillMurray, Tom Wilkinson and a host of other familiar faces. The effect ischarming, in that it evokes a past where character and style wereomnipresent, contrasting nicely with the somewhat tatty setting ofZero's recollection. The Grand Budapest Hotel has lots of comicsituations, and even if there are fewer laughs, the elaborate stagingand cheerful air of anything-goes storytelling will ender it to a smallbut passionate group of cinema-goers. Fiennes wasn't first choice forthe role, and he plays it with gusto, and the whole cast seem to be inon the joke, especially Harvey Keitel as a spry inmate of the jail. TheFilm Authority

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