Grand Hotel (film)


Grand Hotel (film)

Infobox Film
name = Grand Hotel


caption = Original movie poster
director = Edmund Goulding
producer = Paul Bern
Irving Thalberg
writer = Vicki Baum (novel)
William A. Drake
Béla Balázs (uncredited)
starring = Greta Garbo
John Barrymore
Joan Crawford
Wallace Beery
Lionel Barrymore
Lewis Stone
Jean Hersholt
music = William Axt
Charles Maxwell
cinematography = William H. Daniels
editing = Blanche Sewell
distributor = MGM
released = April 12, 1932
runtime = 112 min.
language = English
country = USA
amg_id = 1:20463
imdb_id = 0022958

"Grand Hotel" is a 1932 MGM Pre-Code Art Deco film that won the Best Picture Oscar.

The plot device of the film—bringing together several unrelated characters into one setting—was popular and effective enough that it was re-used in other films and became known as "the Grand Hotel" formula.fact|date=May 2007 The "all-star" scenario was perhaps most successfully replicated the following year in MGM's own "Dinner at Eight".

The film opens and closes with Lewis Stone's totally unaware statement : "Grand Hotel. People come and go. Nothing ever happens". The comment turns out to be ironic during the few days in which the plot unfolds, because "everything" seems to be happening at the hotel, from romance to robbery to an accidental death.The film came from the original Austrian novel, "Menschen im Hotel" (English: "People in a Hotel"), by Vicki Baum as adapted by William A. Drake and Béla Balázs. The setting of "Grand Hotel" was in Berlin however. It was produced by Irving Thalberg and Paul Bern at MGM (both uncredited on the film), and directed by Edmund Goulding. The top star, Greta Garbo melodramatically delivered her famous line "I want to be alone," in this film. The cast included a series of top names: Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt.

It is the only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without obtaining nominations in any other categories. The award was presented to Irving Thalberg, with no mention of Paul Bern. In addition, Garbo's line "I want to be alone" was voted #30 in the list of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

The film was remade in 1945 as "Week-End at the Waldorf" starring Ginger Rogers.

In 2007, "Grand Hotel" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Cast

*Greta Garbo - Grusinskaya
*John Barrymore - Baron Felix von Geigern
*Joan Crawford - Flaemmchen
*Wallace Beery - Preysing
*Lionel Barrymore - Otto Kringelein
*Lewis Stone - Dr. Otternschlag
*Jean Hersholt - Senf
*Robert McWade - Meierheim
*Purnell Pratt - Zinnowitz
*Ferdinand Gottschalk - Pimenov
*Rafaela Ottiano - Suzette
*Morgan Wallace - Chauffeur
*Tully Marshall - Gerstenkorn
*Frank Conroy - Rohna
*Murray Kinnell - Schweimann

References to the film

In the 1960 film "The Apartment", when Baxter (Jack Lemmon) goes to his apartment, he tries to watch "Grand Hotel", but too many commercials frustrate him and he turns off the TV.

External links

* [http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/movies/bestpictures/hotel-ar.html#top "New York Times" review, March 27, 1932]
* [http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=Variety100&reviewid=VE1117487992&content=jump&jump=review&category=1935&cs=1 "Variety" review by Alfred Rushford Greason, April 19, 1932]
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