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The symbol worn by Edward Norton's character Henckels and his army is the head of Mr Fox from The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), also directed by Wes Anderson.
Tilda Swinton spent hours in the makeup chair to play 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," said Wes Anderson. "But for the old-age makeup I just said, 'Let's get the most expensive people we can.'"
Unlike most films, in which random and often repeated text is used, every time a newspaper article appears it is a detailed and complete depiction of the events in the headline.
In an interview, Saoirse Ronan admitted that making the hotel's signature confection, the Courtisane au Chocolat, wasn't easy. "Forget the action scenes in Hanna (2011)," she said, "these little pastries were the hardest thing I've had to do in a movie."
The name of the fictional Republic of Zubrowka comes from the Polish vodka Zubrowka- vodka seasoned with Bison grass.
According to Variety, Fox Searchlight sent its specification for the film's "proper projection" to theaters before its release. Although Wes Anderson's crime caper was shot in three different aspect ratios (1.37, 1.85 and 2.35:1) to inform viewers where they are in the time line, which alternates between 1985, 1968 and the 1930s, instructions state in large, bold red font that the film is meant to be projected in 1.85:1 aspect ratio (the standard). Aside from the projector setting, the directions include information on framing the picture, image brightness, audio configuration and fader setting.
Wes Anderson's seventh collaboration with Bill Murray.
Johnny Depp was Wes Anderson's initial choice for the role of M. Gustave.
Jeff Goldblum plays Vilmos Kovacs, a tribute to cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond.
The cast includes four Oscar winners: Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and F. Murray Abraham and eleven actors that were nominated for an Oscar (not necessarily in the acting category): Bill Murray, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Tom Wilkinson, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan and Ralph Fiennes.
Bill Murray's character's name can be read in Hungarian as "Mi van?" which means: "What's going on?".
On finding the shooting locations, 'Wes Anderson' has said: 'We found this department store in this town called Gorlitz, which is in Saxony. Half of Gorlitz is in Germany, the other half is in Poland. It's on the border. And it's about 20 minutes from Czech Republic. So, in a way, it's really right where our story would be, if there was such a place as the one in our story. And this department store that we found, we made into our hotel, the big entrance hall of our hotel, and then we found everything else for the movie within a certain kind of radius of that department store.'

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Angela Lansbury was originally cast as Madame D. She had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.
'Wes Anderson' qv has said that the whole cast stayed in the same hotel when they were shooting. He also insisted on all make-up and costume being done in the lobby of the hotel in order to give more urgency to the process and begin filming sooner. The owner of the same hotel also appears in the film as an extra working on the front desk of the Grand Budapest, and after filming finished for the day the crew would often return to find him at the front desk of their own hotel.
The fictional painter Johannes van Hoytl the Younger (1613-1669) is based on a combination of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) and Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553).
In an interview with Stefan Zweig's biographer, Wes Anderson singles out two of Zweig's books; Beware of Pity and The Post Office Girl from which 'The Grand Budapest Hotel has elements that were sort of stolen ...' He also states that 'Two characters in our story are vaguely meant to represent Zweig himself - our "Author" character, played by Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised version of himself, played by Jude Law. But, in fact, M. Gustave, the main character who is played by Ralph Fiennes, is modelled significantly on Zweig as well.'
The traditional "Fox Fanfare" is not heard in the film's opening titles.
When Jopling is examining Agatha's picture on his deck, the insignia of the Zig-Zig division next to the photo is of similar design of the one belonging to the Nazi SS.
When Jopling (Willem Dafoe) cuts off four fingers from Kovacs' hand, it calls to mind the scene in "The English Patient" where Willem Dafoe's character has his thumbs cut off.
Gustave's prisoners number is 112, the alarm number in most of Europe.
Zubrowka is a famous polish type of vodka, distilled of rye. It is quite renowned in central Europe.
Jeff Goldblum plays Deputy Kovacs. Goldblum played comedian Ernie Kovacs in Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984).
The tattoo M.A.V. on Harvey Keitel's character's left upper arm is similar to the abbreviation of the Magyar Államvasutak (Hungarian State Railways) - MÁV in Hungarian.
French visa # 138970.


Jean Dujardin:  a German gunman in the hotel shootout scene.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

M. Gustave and Zero replace the painting Boy with Apple with a painting in the style of Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918).
In the wedding scene, the snowy rock formation in the background is the Saxonian Switzerland in Saxonia, Germany.

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