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

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by Anne Thompson
March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Wes Anderson
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Clearly Wes Anderson is doing something right. He broke box-office records last weekend when "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in four theaters. Will it do as well when it goes wide this weekend? No worries.

Why? He's got rave reviews (87 Metascore), a fabulous comedy ensemble led by Ralph Fiennes, and an enjoyably escapist blast from the past. We started out our SXSW interview talking about my flipcam, which led to his explaining his aesthetic, which has been described as very controlled. 

In the video below 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 production designer Adam Stockhausen, and Berlin press conference,  feature and roundtable quiz. 

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  • rgm | March 18, 2014 7:16 PMReply

    Wonderful interview. Anderson is eloquent--despite the crockery-- and a fascinating raconteur when answering questions about location, casting, the music or a forgotten funicular in down town LA!?!

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