Ralph Fiennes fit in Hotel “Grand Budapest”

To create a film about pre-war Europe Wes Anderson was inspired by old movies and old photos

On the Russian screens “Hotel “Grand Budapest”: a film made by a Texas native Wes Anderson, about Europe, what we may never see. Before filming began, Anderson traveled extensively in the Old World, looking hotels the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and old movies and old photos. By his own admission, the films of the 1930s, even more than old buildings, guided him in the creation of “Grand Budapest”.

The Eastern edge of Europe. The first world war was still very fresh in the memory, the Second is about to begin. The hotel “Grand Budapest”, though placed by the Director in a fictional country called ZUBROWKA, still bears traces of the Imperial grandeur that he had inherited from Austria-Hungary. Perhaps they would disappear much faster, not serve at the hotel in the chief of all the concierges middle-aged man, attractive appearance named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes).

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

The eternal dispute of form and content for that person does not exist — according to his deepest conviction, with the loss of form whatever it loses all meaning. Form, ritual, routine life is what keeps a hotel, and with it and such a cute heart Gustav a world that soon will collapse overnight when the sad and well-known circumstances.

Despite a fair amount of friends and the endless number of rich middle-aged mistresses, the hero of Ralph Fiennes feels lonely. The only person whom he shares all his thoughts, young porter zero Mustafa. Though born in other regions, but an ardent supporter of the “feudal spirit”, for who fought the heroes of “Jeeves and Wooster” and who reveres chief Concierge of “the Grand Budapest”.

The boy-immigrant Gustav takes with him when he goes for a lot of hundred kilometers to the estate of the Countess, his longtime lover (played brilliantly the role of a grotesque Tilda Swinton), who died under mysterious and sinister circumstances.

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

This journey will result for the heroes in a very dangerous (and for me exciting) adventure, with car chases, shootouts, kidnapping of priceless works of art, escape from prison and eventually to the exposure of villains, who not only stood in the way of Gustav, and tried to stomp out the main heritage of old Europe — honor.

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

Starring the villains is Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe, who seems not dressed and not changing facial expressions, came here directly from the set of “Nymphomaniac”. Starring friends, unselfish and self-sacrificing helpers Gustav (including in very tiny roles, a minute of screen time), is an internationally well-known actors of the first magnitude: from bill Murray to Lea seydoux, and among them, of course, a longtime, since my student days, a friend of Wes Anderson Owen Wilson.

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

Painting is loosely based on the works of Stefan Zweig, but it seems that the Director (or writer) there was another, more recent source of inspiration: a movie where Owen Wilson has played a major and one of his best roles, “Midnight in Paris” woody Allen.

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

Anderson’s journey in prewar Europe akin to “the trip”, which every night, when the clock struck 12 blows, the hero of Wilson was done in a vintage Peugeot. The journey is not so much a specific historical era, but in their own dreams about her.

Wes Anderson has always been able to translate their dreams into form, so graceful and alluring that the lack of companions he had. His last film, “moonrise Kingdom” opened the Cannes film festival, “Hotel “Grand Budapest” is not just opened last Berlinale, and received the Grand jury prize and the critics already predict him a nomination for “Oscar”, including in the main nomination.

And let before the nomination it will be many months, hardly any of the spectators “Grand Budapest” will forget the amazing, extremely human details, which is filled with Anderson’s movie. Who else, for example, will come up with to send to prison you need to escape the tool, hiding it in branded cake “Chocolate beauty”? “The scene of making these cakes — the hardest thing I’ve ever done in cinema,” admitted played a great pastry chef saoirse Ronan.

Still from the film “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

The nomination for “Oscar”, it is quite possible, and waiting for Rafe Fiennes: the role of man, which, according to the remark of one of the characters in the film ended before he was born, became one of the most significant in the biography of the actor.

Information for those mysterious people who prefer to watch movies in dubbing: the main role after at the time with roles of villains, voiced by Victor Verzhbitsky. But it’s certainly not the only reason to see “Hotel “Grand Budapest”.

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