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
The large kitchen in Lady D's castle is lit by fluorescent lamps. Though invented in the early 1930s, fluorescent lamps were not commercially available until after World War 2. 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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The traditional Twentieth Century Fox fanfare is not heard in the film's opening titles. See more »
A story is told in flashback about the titular hotel in the fictional small country of Zubrowka in alpine Europe. In 1932, the hotel's concierge (Ralph Fiennes) is wrongly accused of murder of one of the hotel's wealthy guests.
Directed and co-written by Wes Anderson, this film shares the same unique whimsy which Anderson showed most recently in "Moonrise Kingdom". The energy is always snappy especially with camera angles that move forward, backward, up, down, and sideways to display events happening simultaneously.
The story and characterization are enjoyable though not especially strong. But with an energetic performance from Fiennes plus Anderson's playful direction, this film comes off as quite charming and entertaining.
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