Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

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The glitz and glitter of Berlin's Grand Hotel comes alive with this story of love and betrayal.

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lindy919
Jun 11, 2017

Booooooooorinnnnnnnnnng

Another example of how some movies become "classic" simply by being old

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 04, 2016

VERY GOOD 1932 film set in Berlin's Grand Hotel. Interesting set of residents/inmates involved in various adventures (romantic, financial, more...) keep plot going while camera captures inner hotel workings like the great shots of the telephone operator squad, and huge lobby shots.
Overall, an interesting period piece with good film production, acting, etc.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Based on a German play, MGM’s opulent ensemble piece follows the exploits of a handful of privileged guests at Berlin’s swank Grand Hotel while a small army of bellhops and telephone operators struggle to keep things under control. Among the colourful characters are a ruthless business magnate facing bankruptcy who decides his personal secretary should take more than dictation, a terminally ill office drone who cashes in his life’s savings for a weekend of champagne and caviar, a penniless Baron turned jewel thief, and an eccentric ballerina consumed with stage fright (Greta Garbo insisting she wants to be alone). Over the course of two nights love will be lost and found, some dreams will be shattered, and one unexpected tragedy will set everyone in a new direction. Gorgeously shot on elaborate sound stages with a dream cast of studio superstars and a script that crackles with wit and romance, 1932’s Oscar-winning blockbuster more than lives up to its name. A grand old film indeed!

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new_orleansguy
Nov 23, 2014

one of MGM's best films, this was the first "all-star cast" movie ever made, a concept created by MGM's wunderkind producer, Irving Thalberg. The movie is great, the stories are engaging and the characters are interesting. The only false note in the entire film though is the one actor who's presence in it guaranted its success, Greta Garbo. Her style of acting, so praised for its realism and authencity is just basically pure hokum, with exagerated mannerisms, laughable facial expressions and ridiculous mugging. oh and those lines !!! on par with any Celine Dion song lyrics. Garbo's acting in this film reminds one of those classic early silent films, with the all-white make-up on the actor's face and the grand dramatic posturing. It's too bad that her story is so at the center of the film and takes up so much of its running time. It prevents the film from being much better than it could be otherwise. Having said all this, it is worth watching several times.

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SusannahWhite
Sep 11, 2013

Wonderful film with the incomparable Garbo at her most beautiful and affecting. Far from being a sniveling whiner, Garbo's portrayal of the high-spirited dancer Grusinskaya has passion, drama and poignancy--and a comedic delicacy rare in modern movies. There's great humor and trenchant social commentary in this old film. I love it!

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cineaste
Jul 18, 2013

Yes, the dialog seems pretty creaky after all the decades, but this is still a winner. I understand why Garbo became a superstar in the silent era. Just watch her face and ignore her phony Russian accent and sappy lines. Her eyes, her mouth, the tilt of her head, the way she could kiss. Put her together with John Barrymore (another star of the silents) and it's a feast. Barrymore would drink himself to death within ten years, but he still had the goods for this one. Recomended, as well, are his comedic gifts in "20th Century" and "Midnight."

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Monolith
Nov 26, 2012

I was surprised at the fact that I got into this movie somewhat. I'd heard about it, but I was hesitant being that it was eighty years old, and I assumed that it was nothing more than a painfully dated decadent/romantic snoozefest. It definitely had some engaging moments. The Barrymore brothers were of interest, (especially Lionel, as I had never seen him as anyone other than Frank Capra's classic miser "Mr. Potter"). Joan Crawford was cute. I found no appeal whatsoever in the sniveling, whining diva Garbo, however. Too bad they didn't have Prozac back then...

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johnnybookreader
Jul 27, 2012

They must have had an extra oscar to give out back in 1932. It's a high-concept all-star movie that hasn't aged well, the acing is pretty awful, the plot is non-existent but the sets are pretty cool, otherwise...

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rslade
Feb 21, 2012

Good acting, good humour, and a complexity that was ahead of its time. A bit of a downer in terms of the various stories. Interesting exploration of the characters. The basic idea was used for a remake in the 80s.

owllover Feb 13, 2012

Very enjoyable despite Garbo's melodramatic sillyness.

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"I want to be alone".

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Monolith
Nov 26, 2012

Grusinskaya: "I vant to be alone."

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Monolith
Nov 26, 2012

Preysing: "...I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know."

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Monolith
Nov 26, 2012

Dr. Otternschlag: "Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens..."

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