The Plot for Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' and the Classic Movies That Inspired It

The Plot for Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' and the Classic Movies That Inspired It

Mar 28, 2013

 

It's been just shy of one year since Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom first appeared in theaters, and since then we've been chomping at the bit for a look at the director's Grand Budapest Hotel. The name alone conjures visions of quirky Anderson decadence, and we've already been keyed into the movie's epic ensemble cast. Now, the film finally has a synopsis, which we spotted on The Playlist:

"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."
 
Oh. My. Jude Law teased that the film shuttles back and forth between time periods (1930s and 1960s), which has us excited for Anderson's usual vintage eye candy.
 
Ralph Fiennes (estimated lead), Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum (as a "a cross between Sigmund Freud and Jack Benny"), Saoirse Ronan (sporting an Irish accent), Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban have all been reported to star in Budapest —  with Tom Wilkinson and Tony Revolori being new additions.
 
Anderson has stated that the film was inspired by the work of Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, and Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight. Film School Rejects also points out a potential connection to the 1932 Academy Award-winning Grand Hotel. In that all-star drama — featuring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and Lionel Barrymore — a jewel thief and other colorful characters while away the days in a Berlin hotel. It's easy to see the similarities, so if you want to get a taste for the tone and dramatics, check out the film's trailer.

 

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