Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel

Three contests in one week… We must be going crazy. Then again, perhaps we should have just called it ‘Reader Appreciation Week’ and come up with a kitschy logo for it. Then again, every week is reader appreciation week here at Film School Rejects. We do so adore those of you who visit the site, click through to the many wonderful articles and help us keep the lights on. In return, we like to give something back (beyond our world-renowned insight and wit). Today we’re taking a trip to the fictional Republic of Zubrowka and the Wes Anderson-devised Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, just hit Blu-ray this week and as we’ve expressed before, the film is well worth your time. To help you get a room at The Grand Budapest, we’re giving one (1) lucky reader a prize pack that includes a Blu-ray copy of the movie and an autographed copy of the soundtrack signed by director Wes Anderson. Entering is an easy 2-step process…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel hinges on three tiers of nostalgia that match its division of time periods and aspect ratios. On one tier is The Author (Tom Wilkinson and Jude Law), who in 1985 publishes his memories of staying at the dwindling (yet grand) Budapest and meeting its enigmatic owner. On that second tier is said owner, Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham and Tony Revolori), who in 1968 reminisces on his bittersweet years at the hotel between the wars, during his tutelage under M. Gustave H. (Ralph Feinnes). The final tier of nostalgia is Gustave’s, who carefully maintains the hotel strictly in line with a vision of an old Europe that is starting to crumble at the promise of yet another brutal global conflict. Unlike these prior two tiers, Gustave’s nostalgia is never granted the concrete benefit of its own flashback. His desperate hold on the facade is only alluded to, and finally acknowledged in one brief part of a voiceover during the film’s final moments. Gustave, has, in a way, made the Grand Budapest into a fantasy that hardly corresponds to (and is frequently threatened by) the dark and foreboding reality existing outside its walls. Useful comparisons have been made alleging that Gustave is a stand-in for Anderson himself, who similarly constructs intricately detailed, strictly realized, and intoxicating worlds that are also palpably anachronistic. Yet if we look at Anderson’s filmography more broadly, we can see that Grand Budapest is yet another shift in Anderson’s ongoing obsession not […]

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Grand Hotel

It’s actually a little embarrassing that I didn’t make the connection between Wes Anderson‘s upcoming Grand Budapest Hotel and the 1932 Best Picture Winner Grand Hotel before. It’s all right there in the names — not to mention the large ensemble casts. Now that Screen Daily has provided a synopsis for Anderon’s flick, the similarities really shine: “The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”

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