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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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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)
Location Management
Henri Deneubourg .... location manager
Music Department
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Other crew
Damien Begbeder .... production assistant
Julien Bonet .... production assistant
Molly Cooper .... production assistant
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
Martin Copping .... special thanks (as Peter Copping)
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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Additional Details

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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:Are you running away from me?
Jack:I thought I already did.
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Movie Connections:
Features Stalag 17 (1953)See more »
Les Champs-ÉlyséesSee more »


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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
like a quick little short story, as Anderson puts it, the emotional subtleties make it work so well, 13 October 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Hotel Chevalier is the kind of thing Wes Anderson could've written in his sleep- or for that matter written in his sleep while on the plane from the US to France to shoot in two days and edit on his computer. But in such a quick burst of minor creativity he has created a stark, amusing and tragic little situation that makes clearer (if not totally clear) the disconnect between Jack (Schwartzmann's character from Darjeeling Limited) and the 'ex-girlfriend' (Portman, with her V for Vendetta cut coming back in and her attitude like that of a pure b***ch). At first Jack has no idea she's coming, by the long pauses they have (albeit he asks why she pauses so long, when he paused longer), and orders a grilled cheese sandwich. She arrives. She brushes her teeth. She decides against going into a bath Jack's specially prepared- as in Darjeeling we see the obsessive-control side to the Whitman family via the IPOD machine playing the song- and instead they go into a very 'French' kind of torturous love scene.

It's erotic in what isn't shown; one might expect this to finally be *the* one, for skin-flick fans anyway, where Portman goes nude. She does, by the way, but tastefully in the Anderson sense- we're not getting the wacky nudity of the girl from Life Aquatic who never has a shirt on, or the lesbian girlfriend of Paltrow in that one shot in Tenenbaums. By the end, it doesn't make any grand statement about love or love in a hotel room or Paris, but in a self-contained way Anderson's created a mini-masterwork of emotional frustration in the midst of crazy lust. And, by a stroke of something of a quasi-in-joke, like one of the 'brilliant' short stories that the character Jack writes that are 'fictional' though never really at the same time.

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