The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
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 by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
In one elevator scene, the operator holds the control handle in the middle, which is "Stop", and the elevator rises. In the next elevator scene the control is all the way forward, which is "Up." See more »
It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer's imagination is always at work, that he's constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes; that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you're a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue to...
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Balalaika music plays and stylized drawings of balalaikas appear with the end credits until 1:38:53. The screen goes to black, the music pauses, and a lively little Russian dancer (animation) side-steps in at the bottom right corner. The balalaika music resumes, and he dances a traditional Russian dance to the music while the music credits roll: "The Ludmila Zykina State Academic Russian National Balalaika Ensemble", "Orchestre de Balalaikas Saint-Georges", "Musicians", "London Voices Choir", "Music Department", and finally a list of music: The Linden Tree, S'Rothie-Zaurli, Svetit Mesvats, Kamarinskaya, Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I. Moderato. He dances for about 56 seconds, all the way through to the ending copyright statement. See more »
The Linden Tree
Written by Pavel Vasilevich Kulikov
Performed by Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
Courtesy of Natalya Abramyan and National Music Publishers
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V. Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Loved it Loved it. Loved it. Beautiful, funny, smart, silly, sad, fantastical. I will probably see this movie at least a dozen more times in my lifetime. Can't wait.
Why is there a minimum of 10 lines required to make a review? Weird. Anyway...
Ralph Fiennes is wonderful. Could end up being a signature role for him and one that is remembered for some time - although I keep forgetting his character's name. That's a problem.
All the usual players show up and their all good to fantastic. Willem Defoe is especially fun. Adrian Brody might be the weakest featured player in the movie. He just doesn't quite seem to match up with the rest of what's going on. Same with Ed Norton, although he's less of a sore thumb. But they aren't problematic for the whole movie. Just very very minor distractions - for me, anyway.
I just loved it. So much!
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