Thank the stars for a great entertainment!
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.
Greta Garbo John Barrymore Joan Crawford Wallace Beery Lionel Barrymore Lewis Stone Jean Hersholt Robert McWade Purnell Pratt Ferdinand Gottschalk Rafaela Ottiano Morgan Wallace Tully Marshall Frank Conroy Murray Kinnell Edwin Maxwell Mary Carlisle John Davidson Allen Jenkins Eric Mayne Philo McCullough Greta Meyer Bert Moorhouse Sarah Padden Bodil Rosing Leo White
Гранд Отель, Loistohotelli, Гранд хотел, Ludzie w hotelu, Menschen im Hotel
An early prototype for the intersecting, multiple character plot. Here, it’s five different people staying at the Grand Hotel in Berlin - a baron, a ballerina, a stenographer, a dying man and a businessman - who all cross paths in one way or another. The film was publicized as the “battle of the stars” and director Edmund Goulding was nicknamed the “lion tamer” because of the number of high profile actors: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford and Lewis Stone. It’s such a treat to see these great actors work together, and the simple plot is surprisingly compelling. Plus, you get to hear Garbo say “I vant to be alone...”
“More stars than there are in heaven”
A great example of the power of MGM in early Hollywood. They assembled the most star-studded ensemble cast to that date, featuring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and John Barrymore among others.
I have trouble with some early talkies (with some big Busbee Berkeley exceptions) just because they’re so much less visually engaging than the silent films and they hadn’t totally figured out now to take advantage of sound. That being said, the way many of these films explore wealth inequality typically towed the line between escapist and real. Often our heroes are poor people who have infiltrated high society.
This film is damn important in the history of Hollywood history, though I think there are comedies that hold up better from this era. It’s a little rambly, though it does a good job at setting the scene of the hotel.
If I leave you with anything WATCH. MORE. CLASSICS.
Missing word: Budapest
This was decent. I got exactly what I expected from a 1932 Best Picture winner. Big cast, fun locations and a nice style. All the acting is pretty great. I love how overdramatic all the performances are because it fits the tone perfectly. All the characters differentiate in really interesting ways and have their own distinct personalities. The classical music choices are familiar and sweet. The way its directed and shot is very good and very 30s. The thing is, I sort of walked out of this and said “was that story necessary? Did it feel important?” I think my answer is no. Despite being a good, charming and well acted film, I didn’t have much take away from it. Nonetheless, it is a nice 30s classic and makes perfect as to why it won best picture even if it doesn’t have much of a reason to exist.
Hard to articulate on all the great, great stuff here, from the gorgeous long takes and matte shots inside the hotel to the galaxy of stars swirling around it, plus a plot that drifts from light to heavy and back without ever tipping over into melodrama or false sentiment.
John and Lionel Barrymore are both fantastic as always, but I guess most people seem to come to this because of Garbo, and she really is something else. I was struck by the contrast between her and a very young Joan Crawford. Joan is "cooler," but Garbo is something else entirely. She's just one of those singular screen presences like Groucho Marx or Bela Lugosi that you can't really compare to…
Easily a highlight of the classic movies I watched this Christmas. I love stories that have a large group of individuals intersect in different ways. On top of that, this (mostly) takes place at a single location, which is always fun.
Favourite IMDb trivia:
Greta Garbo was very particular as to how her love scenes with John Barrymore were shot. She requested red front-lighting and required curtains to be placed between the camera and film crew to help set the mood and create the illusion that she and Barrymore were alone. During one take, Garbo got so carried away with the scene that she continued kissing Barrymore for three full minutes after director Edmund Goulding had yelled cut. The bonus smooching footage survives, but was not used in the final cut.
I guess nice guys don't always finish last after all.
"Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens."
I remember back in High School looking over a list of all the Best Picture Winners and thinking that I had very little interest in seeing a movie called Grand Hotel, and it would likely be one of the last ones I would check out. I felt pretty much the same way through the first half of the film as we are introduced to a hand full of characters staying at the hotel, and seeing how their stories would intersect. Thankfully the plot did pick up some during the second half to keep…
I really relate to john barrymore rolling around on the floor with his dog and telling it it’s the only thing he’s ever loved.
One would not be at fault comparing this with a Robert Altman film: multiple lives and stories intertwining. Overall, this is a tragedy of several sad people and how a few try to bring a little cheer into their miserable world. John Barrymore and Joan Crawford are really excellent. Garbo and Lionel Barrymore overact in places, but that's normal for melodrama back then. I really enjoyed this second time watching it. Knowing it's a tragedy helps. I need to see more John Barrymore movies.
this is only missing 2 stars because they don’t have garbo and crawford in the same scene together WHATS UP WITH THAT! (but overall it was really fun to watch!!)
This cast is absolutely insane. Woefully overdramatic and silly, this movie is nothing short of a good time. But like half of it nonsense lmao
Rarely have I seen characters who were written—and portrayed!—with so much affection. I adore stories set in hotels, especially when they're inhabited by such colorful and eccentric people as the ones I got to meet here, so this charmed me easily and ever so gently. It's kinda insane though, considering all the star potential that is gathering here, that they still seem to disappear when in the same room with Greta Garbo. Talk about magnetism! She's such a drama queen, haha. I love it. I also adored Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Kringelein. He's as sweet as his name suggests. Not for a second do you doubt that he's a quirky German. He sounds German, he even looks German, he's unrecognizable.…
“Grand Hotel” is a film always in motion, yet perpetually caught in the glistening stasis of an age long past.
Edmund Goulding’s multi-storyline mishmash follows the comings and going’s of a coterie of characters staying at one German hotel.
Each of them; a ballerina, a secretary, a robber baron, and a clerk - check-in because they’ve no place else left to go. The hotel is the glory of all dead ends; a visage of beauty, but without hope for change.
Inside its walls and over the runtime of Goulding’s film, minor events of consequence come to pass. They make for occasionally heartwarming and sometimes tragic viewing. What wafts through the air of this musty old grande dame of celluloid though…
I'd say that falling in love within the course of a single night is unrealistic but if I had ever met Greta Garbo, I'd probably had fallen for her within minutes. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I appreciate that it made me feel something for every main character, whether positive or not, which kept me invested in the story and left me just a little bit sad at the end.
After watching Cimarron and Calvalcade this looks like a masterpiece!! Jokes aside, I did enjoy this. It's well acted and the story is decent. It's not perfect, and it's not something I see myself watching a bunch of times, but there are far worse Best Picture winners...
Melodramas are usually not my jam but this is one of the best films of all time, and for good reason. The cast has amazing chemistry with one another and everyone is cast in their perfect role. Also, seeing Wallace Beery get destroyed was extremely gratifying.
I was not particularly invested in any of the plotlines here, but I can't deny the quality of the acting nor of the dialogue. A thief trying to steal the pearls of a ballerina who's at the end of her career (because jazz has taken over all the venues), who becomes enamored with her and seduces her- as well as a stenographer for a businessman attempting to negotiate a merger between his father-in-law's company and another and who is also attempting to get in with the steno; that businessman is also the boss of one poor man who took his entire life savings (and death savings for his own funeral) to stay at the glamorous Grand Hotel following a terminal…
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From book, to Broadway play, to hit movie, 1932 gave us Grand Hotel. A movie renowned for it’s insanely stacked cast of stars. Huge success, but also known for being the only BP winner to not be nominated for any other academy award year. Grand Hotel follows a group of varied individuals who visit the most expensive and lavish hotel, the Grand Hotel. Each character enjoys their stay while each dealing with their own relationship and money related drama. Grand Hotel is known for being an early example of instead of having a single big actor as the lead, to stretch out stars to as many movies as possible, instead…
I have to have my walls repainted cause my head exploded when I realized that Lionel Barrymore, the lovable, put-upon sad sack underdog in this movie is the same Lionel Barrymore that fucked over George Bailey.
An interesting high concept from the early days of Hollywood’s sound era, though none of the characters or stories intersect in any very interesting ways. The plots hint at being quite juicy and pulpy, but it’s mostly played in as straight and almost sombre a way as possible. The musical underscoring didn’t help, and felt like the score for a different movie altogether. Some of the linking scenes and montages approached innovative, but the rest is played pretty stagey. Never quite boring, but never particularly exciting either.
Oscar Best Picture Winner #5
Grand Hotel (1932)
“Grand Hotel” may be interesting as a wild view of the stars of the MGM: some give good interpretations, especially Greta Garbo, a young and energetic Joan Crawford and the two Barrymore brothers. But the stories that intertwine are shallow melodramas, the direction is often static and theatrical.
The moral seems to be "Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.".
Recommended to the nostalgics: excellent interpretations, but a plot that doesn’t enhance to the best its actors.
This Russian Ballerina is someone’s alter ego, I know it. This is a melodrama that took me two days to watch and is was just, so so.
Great cast but a rather average film.
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I love films that are pieced together with a series of relationship-based character studies, and Grand Hotel is a big ol' art deco mosaic.
Everyone in this all-star ensemble is good, and some are even fantastic. Joan Crawford is big-eyed, fiery, and tender. John Barrymore scales down his large personality a touch and still emerges a princely figure. Greta Garbo, who was disappointed with her performance (she thought she overacted), does seem to operate on a separate wavelength from the rest of the cast, but her spaciness also fits the neuroses of her character. It's probably Lionel Barrymore who walks away with the best performance in the film. He steals every scene he's in.
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