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Berlinale: Take the 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Round-Table Interview Quiz

Photo of Tom Christie By Tom Christie | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2014 at 9:16PM

I hereby challenge you to take the following quiz on what I learned at Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" round-table junket interviews Friday at Berlin’s famous Hotel Adlon opposite the Brandenberg Gate.
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Grand Budapest Hotel

I learned a lot at Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" round-table junket interviews Friday at Berlin’s famous Hotel Adlon opposite the Brandenberg Gate. Check out the following quiz. Answers are below the jump. 

1. Which of the following are true:

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' posse in Berlin
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' posse in Berlin

A. In her 1932 film, “Grand Hotel,” Greta Garbo says “I vant to be alone” in a hotel inspired by the Adlon.

B. In Billy Wilder’s film, “One, Two, Three,” a pre-war, luxury hotel down on its heels is also based on the Adlon.

C. Much of the 2011 thriller “Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson, was shot at the Adlon.

D. Film director Percy Adlon (“Baghdad Cafe”) is the great-grandson of the hotel’s founder Lorenz Adlon.

E. In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his infant son out the window of his room at the Adlon.

F. All of the above

2. Who wore what to the interviews? 

2. Who wore what to the interviews?

A.   Wes Anderson                                                a. Dark, thick sweater


B.    Bill Murray                                         b. Alabaster-colored Margiela suit


C.    Ralph Fiennes                                     c. Black jacket, black shirt


D.   Willem Dafoe                                      d. Tweed jacket, sweater, button-down


E.    Jeff Goldblum                                     e. Rumpled button-downA. Wes Anderson: Dark, thick sweater


3. Of shooting “Grand Budapest Hotel,” who said, “It’s the Wes Anderson experience, which is a lovely, delightful, uncommonly beautiful art communal project”?

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Bill Murray

C. Saoirse Ronan

D. Willem Dafoe

E. Jeff Goldblum

4. “All of Wes’s films make you cry, make you laugh, make you feel hopeful, make you kind of squirm. I can’t quite pinpoint how he does what he does, but he’s a master at it.” Who said it?

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Bill Murray

C. Saoirse Ronan

D. Willem Dafoe

E. Jeff Goldblum

5. “Grand Budapest Hotel” was shot in Goerlitz, Germany, on the Polish border. Who said the following? “We were all in this little hotel, we owned it. Willem said it was like the actors retirement home. You’d walk across the lobby and say, ‘Good morning,’ all the time in your slippers and your robe, like a bunch of old men dying. We walked over to Poland one night and it was closed.” 

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Bill Murray

C. Tony Revolori

D. Saoirse Ronan

E. Jeff Goldblum

6. Which cast member had a piano in his room to play, and carried a list of crew members’ names to memorize?

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Bill Murray

C. Saoirse Ronan

D. Willem Dafoe

E. Jeff Goldblum

7. Who wanted to be an architect?

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Tony Revolori

C. Wes Anderson

D. Willem Dafoe

E. Jeff Goldblum

8. Who said, “I’ve never had a movie where there’s this much blood,” and suggested that it may be related to the film’s darker themes? 

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Bill Murray

C. Wes Anderson

D. Willem Dafoe

E. Jeff Goldblum

9. When asked if the movie's theme is pre-planned or an after-thought, who said this? “It’s a never-thought. I feel like there’s more potential for it to mean something more interesting if I’m not forcing it to mean something I’ve already decided.”

A. Ralph Fiennes

B. Wes Anderson

C. Willem Dafoe

D. Jeff Goldblum

E. Bill Murray

This article is related to: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Berlin International Film Festival, Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.