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Golden Globe Winner Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 12, 2015 at 2:17PM

In an exclusive video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Clearly Wes Anderson is doing something right. He broke box-office records when "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened last March in four theaters, and it's still the highest-grossing indie of the year, heading toward $60 million. 

Why? This enjoyably gorgeous escapist blast from the past boasts rave reviews (87 Metascoreand a fabulous comedy ensemble led by Ralph Fiennes. We started out our video interview talking about my flipcam, which led to his explaining his aesthetic, which is very controlled. 

Anderson describes how his detailed Retro-Euro concoction came to evolve after "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," why Fiennes was the right guy for concierge M. Gustave, how composer Alexandre Desplat set the tone, and what exactly is a funicular. 

My movie review, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch, an interview with LAFCA award-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen, and Berlin press conference,  feature and roundtable quiz. 

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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.