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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Sandra Reinisch Carrés

on 4 December 2014

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Transcript of The Grand Budapest Hotel


match on movement
match on action
graphic match
Background: Set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka
Starts in 1985
Frame narrative in 1968 (Author, Jude Law)
Frame narrative in 1932 (Zero)

The Grand Budapest Hotel - the main set.

Monsieur Gustave - Concierge
Zero - New lobby boy

Genre: Comedy - british, dry humor
Moonrise Kingdom
Mr. Beans
Lost in Translation

Dialogue: Main focus of the scene
Conveys intimate relationship
Gustave speaks as a mentor to Zero

Gustave: very suave, calculated, charming, with air of sophistication
Ex: "darling", "chaps"
Zero - submissive, attentive, insightful

Subtext explains his affection for Zero and dismay in humanity
“There’s really no point doing anything in life because, in the blink of an eye, it’s all over.”

"Take your hands off my lobby boy!"

In this scene, there are a considerable number of:
-Medium Close-ups/reverse shots
-Medium Long Shots

Other types of shots in this scene include: long shot, extreme-long shot, close up, extreme close up, two-shot and a pan to the left & right.

Ground-level close up shot of everyone below the knee during the altercation.

The scene ends in the same establishing shot two-shot as the beginning.
In this scene there were a lot of:
-Long shots
-Extreme-long shots

Other types of shots in this scene include: close-up, medium close-up, medium long, over-head, two shot, crane shot, and a pan to the left & right.

-Tracking shots
-Shooting scene

There is only one set during this sequence
All of the characters end up in one room
We have two types of characters in this scene
the officers vs M. Gustave and Zero
the officers are very gruff
M. Gustave and Zero are in their concierge outfits
Henckels and his men are in military uniforms
removes his hat for respect
We see that this scene was filmed with a warm filter
the story is being told via memory
The composition of this scene is in tight quarters

Composed by Alexandre Desplat - "A Troops Barracks"
zither, cimbalom and balalaika
light, playful tunes played for Gustave, Zero, and Agatha
provides continuity and structure
military drum cadence
more alarming with Dmitri: bass drums, cymbals, organ theme
Uptempo - running
pink vs blue
purple and red
Key Symbols
art and poetry
grand spaces
nice clothes
waited on hand and foot
Good vs Evil
M. Gustave vs Dmitri
Henckels' investigation
Dmitri's henchman Jopling
Zero & Agatha
Zero & M. Gustave
M. Gustave & Mme. D
there is a military takeover
stolen portrait
shot/reverse shot
non-diegetic elements
Parallel editing:
outside/inside of the hotel
different lines of actions connected

Eyeline matches
guiding the viewer through the action dense scene
used as a tool to draw attention to important details
dense and hasty background actions
lots of movement in the background
shots get shorter once Agatha starts running building up tension that will lead to the shooting

Sound effects:
Paper ripping
Gun loaded - music pauses throughout shooting
Gun shots - volume is loud
- resembles the approach of war actually taking place
-echos (acoustics) - grand size of room
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