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26 October 2007 (USA) See more »
A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Has value however you see it but it is a strange beast that could have been better if it had gone one direction or other See more (20 total) »


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Directed by
Wes Anderson 
Writing credits
Wes Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Alice Bamford .... co-producer
Thierry Bettas-Bégalin .... line producer (as Thierry Bettas-Begalin)
Pierre Cléaud .... associate producer (as Pierre Cleaud)
Patrice Haddad .... producer: in association with
Jerome Rucki .... executive producer
Nicolas Saada .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography) (as Robert Yeoman)
Film Editing by
Vincent Marchand 
Art Direction by
Kris Moran 
Makeup Department
Frances Hannon .... hair stylist
Frances Hannon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bastien Harispe .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emilie Cherpitel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Eric Anderson .... artist: suitcase wildlife drawings
Krysten Childs .... set dresser
Sound Department
Emmanuel Desmdryl .... sound engineer
Grégoire Galian .... sound mixer
Marc Parazon .... boom operator
Sylvain Rety .... sound mixer
Matthieu Sibony .... sound mixer
Stuart Wilson .... production sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Yann Masson .... Flame artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Bansillon .... grip
Thierry Baucheron .... gaffer
Bruno Bimbard .... generator operator
Roger Do Minh .... assistant electrician
Jean-Christophe Duwez .... electrician (as Jean-Christophe Dumez)
Alfonso Lopez de la Fuente .... grip (as Alfonso Lopez De La Fuente)
Gary Pachany .... first assistant camera
Mathieu Plainfosse .... second assistant camera
Felix Touret .... key grip
Editorial Department
Fabien Turriziani .... assistant editor (as Fabien Turrizziani)
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Other crew
Damien Begbeder .... production assistant
Julien Bonet .... production assistant
Molly Cooper .... production assistant
Henri Deneubourg .... location manager
Libby Evans .... production assistant
Jeremy Lindbergh .... production assistant
Lionel Lorans .... concierge
Steve Makowski .... assistant to director: U.S.
Thomas Moffett .... assistant to director: U.S.
Julien Patry .... production assistant
Sofian Rezzak .... production assistant
Peria Tuccillo .... production coordinator (as Perla Tuccillo)
Anthony Bamford .... special thanks
Carole Bamford .... special thanks
Peter Copping .... special thanks
Mark Friedberg .... special thanks
Norbert Henrot .... special thanks: Hotel Raphaël
Robin Hurlstone .... special thanks
Caroline Piel .... special thanks: L'Hotel
Scott Rudin .... special thanks
Valentina Tortorella .... special thanks
Keith 'Monkey' Warren .... special thanks (as Keith Warren)
Aleksandra Woroniecka .... special thanks
Chika Yoshida .... special thanks: Sony (as Mlle Yoshida)
Lili Fini Zanuck .... special thanks (as Lili Zanuck)
Richard D. Zanuck .... special thanks (as Richard Zanuck)

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Also Known As:
"Part 1 of 'The Darjeeling Limited'" - USA (subtitle)
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Rated R for some language and sexual content
13 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to director Wes Anderson, the movie was filmed in two and a half days. The film was also edited entirely on his personal computer.See more »
Ex-girlfriend:Whatever happens in the end, I don't wanna lose you as my friend.
Jack:I promise, I will never be your friend. No matter what. Ever.
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Movie Connections:
Features Stalag 17 (1953)See more »
Les Champs Elysées (aka Waterloo Road)See more »


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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Has value however you see it but it is a strange beast that could have been better if it had gone one direction or other, 31 May 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

At the end of The Darjeeling Limited, Jack has written the end of a short story and it is essentially the majority of the short film Hotel Chevalier. Francis reads it and comments that it is hard to judge without knowing the rest of it and indeed this may have been a reference to the fact that you need to watch this short film in immediate combination with the film. Others have asked why this part of the story was broken up from the film when it is clearly part of the story but my feelings on that are to simply shrug and ask when Wes Anderson ever did anything that was straightforward? So a separate short film it is and to appreciate it you do need to know "the rest of it".

Looking back on it from more of a knowledgeable position in regards the character is to introduce a level of understanding and emotional interest that is lacking the first time you watch it. Dealing with the film as a short film in its own right, this is clearly a failing because it cannot (or does not) deliver this on its own but does need the feature to do it. Even with the film it is more a matter of back-story than really informing the events of the short – ie the short fits into the film rather than the short suddenly holding a lot of meaning to the viewer. So in terms of content, while it is "better" watched with the film, it still doesn't deserve to be a separate entity.

I suppose the one thing in its defence would be that, as an upmarket trailer, it will really work for Anderson's fans. The short has a great air to it and all the style and tone that exist within his films. The restrained and yet brooding emotion of his two characters are well painted in the dialogue but, more importantly, Schwartzman and Portman nail it – the former in particular showing as much pain as desire in his actions and language. The colours and the shots all make the film look great and Anderson makes great use of the limited space within the hotel and for fans it will be a matter of lapping this up. But for me I have the same reservations as I have had with one or two of his features in the way that the style and manner may interest me but there is nothing of substance to really engage with or feel for.

Hotel Chevalier is a strange beast then; it can be viewed in several ways but it is not that great in any of them. As a part of the Darjeeling Limited feature it is a solid couple of scenes but not more or less remarkable than the rest of the film. As a stand alone film it offers style and typically Anderson manner but very little in the way of real meat. While as a high-brow trailer it does have the style and content to excite fans but then also feels a bit "big" just to be used to sell a product. Regardless it does have good stuff in the style, the performances, the simmering emotion and the overall delivery but it badly needed to either be part of the film or expanded and strengthened to be able to stand alone as a short film that "connects" to the feature rather than being "connected" to it (if you appreciate the difference).

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