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
“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…
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.…
I wasn’t a fan of this film. I had a difficult time getting into it. Joan Crawford was really good though and it did have some great shots. The acting from the rest of the cast was also good and I appreciate the concept, but it lacked depth. Overall, I found it to be slow paced, boring, and uneventful.
Ah the good old times, when your sugar daddy payed you 1000 marks for a trip to England.
Well done, 1932 Old Hollywood. The first Best Picture film in my journey that I thoroughly enjoyed. Star studded cast with Joan Crawford, both Barrymores, and Greta Garbo. I had only seen Crawford in films later in her career. She’s such a young ingenue and a charming talent to watch. Both Barrymore brothers in decidedly different roles playing off each other was also a delight. While quaint for the era, also a narrative that holds up pretty well as far as class dynamics. Elegant acting, perfect wardrobe, the hotel is a great set piece, interesting characters and plot with an unexpected plot twist, pure and timeless. Except maybe TCM I don’t think I’ve seen this as a cable option but with such a crisp pace and good storytelling, it’s highly re-watchable.
Although MGM was boasting more stars than the universe itself, even Both Barrymore's (John + Lionel) Great Garbo and Joan Crawford couldn't save this sinking ship.
I can see easily in its day why it was so popular, but I feel it hasn't aged gracefully and although it has some nice moments it is a rather pedestrian film.
The set design is lovely. but the film is far too long to justify the weak dialogue and blandly comic misunderstandings. Alongside Cavalcade in 1933 this is the weaker of the Best Picture winners of the Early 1930's.
I'm currently making my way through the Best Picture winners and this was a charming refreshment after the dreadful Cimarron. Grand Hotel features a cavalcade of early Hollywood stars (Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, etc.) playing guests in the titular hotel and caught in a web of intersecting plot lines. I'm not sure this is a brilliant film per se (it just as easily could be a stage drama), but it made for a really enjoyable watch. At its best moments, Grand Hotel moves with the zippy elegance of a Noises Off-style farce, albeit with a dramatic bent (though there are moments of levity), moving from room to room and character to character with creative camera shifts. In its…
Didn't know what to expect and wasn't too disappointed. Both Barrymores and Joanie were great .. Greta was average at best. Needed Yancey Cravat.
This is really good and it feels very much modern. Production design is grand, the hotel itself almost functions as a character. Story is decent and simple, it did lack bit of spark though. But quite liked the grim and melancholy tone it had. Except Greta Garbo's character all the characters here are really great and they all have very good dynamics and their interactions were nice. Joan Crawford is very charming sweet and The Barrymores are excellent. It dragged a bit for me when the focus was on Garbo but rest of it had a very fine flow. Overall it's a solid ensemble piece and it was nice spending time with all the characters. Can certainly see this growing on me.
Opening shots of several guests and of one "stressed" head Porter on the phones. The switchboards are going crazy. Wake up calls, business calls.
A pause " The Grand Hotel, people come and go, nothing ever happens here, everything stays the same"
Living, dying , working. It's all about the money.
Joan Crawford stole the movie as the stenographer. Greta Garbo got on my nerves with her whining. She was certainly typecast.
The saddest part of the movie was what happened to the poor dog.
Not bad once it builds up a head of steam.
And what do you do in the Grand Hotel? Eat. Sleep. Loaf around. Flirt a little, dance a little. A hundred doors leading to one hall. No one knows anything about the person next to them. And when you leave, someone occupies your room, lies in your bed... that's the end.
Para ser el punto de encuentro de la flor y nata de la sociedad, este Grand Hotel reúne más miseria que otra cosa. Al final, los de menor status (el moribundo y la taquígrafa) son los únicos que lo abandonan felizmente.
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