This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a deep dive into historical whimsy in Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (34:00).
May contain some NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10
- Music for tonight’s episode was the track Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak, from the film’s original score by Alexandre Desplat.
- Correction: The conversation between Jude Law and F. Murray Abraham takes place in the 1960s, not the 1980s.
- We referred to the historic Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. as a visual reference for this film. According to Wikipedia, two real hotels in Hungary and the Czech Republic were influences, as well as archive images from the Library of Congress.
- Alas, my epidemiological French vocabulary isn’t what it used to be… Grippe is the French word for influenza, not measles.
- The term “bellhop” does indeed come from a slightly demeaning etymology. “Hop to it, I rang a bell” is an accurate summary of its origins.
Listen above, or download: The Grand Budapest Hotel (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)