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WATCH: Wes Anderson Guides Us Through a Pivotal and Very Funny Scene in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2014 at 12:27PM

This week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video featurette sees director Wes Anderson discuss a pivotal scene from his delightful adventure romp "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which arrives in theaters March 7. Watch below.
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Bill Murray in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Bill Murray in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

This week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video featurette sees director Wes Anderson discuss a pivotal scene from his delightful adventure romp "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which arrives in theaters March 7. Watch below.

In the scene, hotel concierge and recent prison escapee Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusty lobby-boy sidekick Zero (Tony Revolori) make an important call from an isolated phone booth in a snowy field (actually shot on location in Gorlitz, Germany). Gustave calls upon the Society of the Crossed Keys, i.e. a guild of concierges who help each other out when the going gets tough. Members of the guild include Bill Murray and Bob Balaban, among many others.

Anderson explains that for the Crossed Keys sequence, the crew actually used the same desk and set over and over again, while swapping out the decorations, desk items and colorful backgrounds.

Our TOH! review of "Grand Budapest" is here.

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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.