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Friday, December 6, 2013

Simply Brilliant: Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

My girl baby is in the middle of her sophomore year at university.  My boy baby is in the middle of the exciting ordeal of applying to universities he would like to attend next Fall after he graduates from high school this June.  He would like to be a filmmaker and is concentrating his search on universities that have exemplary Radio-Television-Film colleges.  Austin's very own University of Texas is well-known for its program and boasts some very successful alumni.  Topping my son's list of favorite directors and screenwriters is fellow Texan and UT alumnus, Wes Anderson.

Which brings me to today's Simply Brilliant talent.  Anderson's next film will be entitled The Grand Budapest Hotel and will star his regular collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, along with many others cited below. It recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Other Anderson films that might be of interest are  Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), a stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, released in 2009, and perhaps his best received film to date, Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is to be released March 7, 2014 in the U.S. with cinematography by Robert Yeoman and screenwriting/direction by Wes Anderson.  I can't wait for its release and would like to suggest you not miss it either!

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