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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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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.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.3/10 (1,588 voted)

Director: Wes Anderson

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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.

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Filming Locations: Görlitz, Saxony, Germany



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Tilda Swinton underwent hours in the makeup chair to play the 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,” says director Wes Anderson. “But for the old-age makeup I just said, 'Let's get the most expensive people we can.'” See more »

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Wes Anderson is one of the most original film makers working today.
None of his films can be categorized into any particular genre. His
latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened the Berlin Film
Festival, continues that trend. It is a tale within a tale within
another tale. Whilst every shot has been meticulously arranged as
though a work of Art hanging in a museum, story wise Anderson has let
his imagination run wild. Though the tale (with Tom Wilkinson as the
author of the story) and the tale within the tale (with Jude Law as the
young author & F Murray Abraham as the mysterious owner of THe Grand
Budapest Hotel) have straightforward narratives, the tale within the
tale within the tale, which comprises the bulk of the film and is set
in the years preceding the Second World War, is a wild uproarious train
ride of story telling. It also boasts the cast of a life time: Ralph
Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe,
Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson & countless
cameos. It will delight Anderson fans but is more likely destined for
Art house cinemas as it is too off center for mainstream audiences. The
production design and music are outstanding and even the end credits
are imaginatively done (and received another ovation from the
audience).