By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2014 at 8:09PM
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 Metascore) and 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.