4 items from 2014
Welcome, beloved guests. The time has come to check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Upon arrival, be sure to take in the beautiful world surrounding you, as created by director and co-writer Wes Anderson, as well as the wonderful hotel aesthetic, brought to you by production designer Adam Stockhausen. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Anderson and Stockhausen to talk about Anderson’s all new caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Check it out below!
The 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; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest »
- Melissa Howland
★★★★☆ What did the "Lubitsch touch" look like before it was the "Lubitsch touch"? There are plenty of clues in this welcome reissue of Masters of Cinema's Lubitsch in Berlin box set, subtitled Fairy-Tales, Melodramas, and Sex Comedies - an indication of the thematic breadth of the German American director's early years. The set is exquisitely curated, with the six films that form the collection operating as a definitive summation of his work for Ufa in Germany as well as setting out the artistic and thematic paths that would lead to masterpieces such as Trouble in Paradise (1932) and To Be or Not to Be (1942).
- CineVue UK
Trouble in paradise for Kate Hudson and fiancé Matt Bellamy? Sources tell the New York Daily News that the actress and the Muse frontman, who've been engaged for nearly three years, might split. The problem is that Hudson travels a lot and prefers to be based in La, while Bellamy remains in London, where his band is based and where the couple owns a house together. (The Daily News says the expectation was that she'd spend half the year in London after they made the $6 million purchase.) "Matt is pretty down-to-earth and happy in England, while Kate is »
- Evann Gastaldo
Pre-Code Hollywood studios spent millions transitioning their medium to sound and other new technologies that brought about major advances in photography, lighting, and set design. But there were still five million unemployed people in the United States and many more just getting by. The studios were losing money, many of them going bankrupt.
By 1930 the breadlines were longer than the ticket lines and people were slow to give up their hard earned money. They wanted to be entertained, they wanted to laugh and forget their troubles for just a while. Comedies, adventure, and musicals quickly became the most popular film genres of the time.
I. Pre-Code Action, Adventure, and Drama
Hollywood took their stories to the far corners of the earth as places like Africa, the South Pacific, and the Far East became exotic settings for movies. An island kingdom somewhere in the Pacific with strange creatures, even stranger natives, »
- Gregory Small
4 items from 2014
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