After you watch The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 11, 2014

We've scoured the whole internet for fun supplementary tidbits regarding Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here are some choice selections:

First off (and probably most pressing on your mind): How to make Courtesan au Chocolat.

The Paintings:

The Guardian looks at Boy with Apple.

The Week talks with Michael Taylor, painter of Boy with Apple.

The Egon Schiele-looking painting is not a genuine Schiele, it's a contemporary piece by Rich Pellegrino.
We think Schiele is pretty cool, though. Check out his work here.


Wes talks influences with the Wall Street Journal.

The Dissolve talks to art director Adam Stockhausen.

Creative Review talks to graphic designer Annie Atkins.

Filmmaker Magazine chats with Anderson.

Die Welt talks with costume designer Milena Canonero. (Translated from the German by google.)

Art direction:

Hotel inspirations and models.

On Austrian author Stefan Zweig, whose writings were an inspiration for GBH:

Richard Brody from The New Yorker talks Zweig.

Pushkin Press is re-releasing his works.

More on Zweig and Anderson from The Daily Beast.

Wes talks to author George Prochnik (biographer of Zweig).

The aspect ratio (how wide the picture is) of The Grand Budapest Hotel changes with the time period — though, it turns out, some people don't notice this. If you'd like to know more about aspect ratios:

Here's a good breakdown of the ratios in GBH from Slate.

Get a little more technical with cinematographer Robert Yeoman.

David Bordwell gets even more technical with ratios and shot composition.

What is neurasthenia?


Creating the hotel.

A short tour of Görlitz, Germany, where the film was shot (with Billy Murray!).

An interactive bit of cuteness.

Random stuff:

It would be nice to live in London sometimes.

If you enjoyed the Serge X. character (Mathieu Amalric), check out Chicken with Plums, a magical, melancholy tale of love and loss.


Wes and Tilda on set.