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3.7
439 Ratings

Grand Hotel

Directed by Edmund Goulding
United States, 1932
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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Grand Hotel Directed by Edmund Goulding

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1932 | Winner: Best Picture

National Film Preservation Board

2007 | Winner: National Film Registry

…Grand Hotel is as creaky and stage bound as most Hollywood films of the early sound era, serving mostly as a delivery device for its energetic performances. But the play itself, which initially seems the height of bubbly sophistication, takes several surprisingly grim turns, serving as a potent reminder that the Hays Code hadn’t yet been instituted in 1932.
March 06, 2014
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There is very little upstaging on the whole, as the actors seem to have an inherent understanding of a newfound five-star system in which one performance is only as good as the other four. Intended from the start to be a somewhat complex melodrama packaged and sold as an innovative star vehicle, GRAND HOTEL will remind audiences of a time when gimmickry served a larger purpose.
February 14, 2014
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Garbo and Crawford are patiently unveiled, as they should be, but the director frontloads the film with his male stars and their various plotlines in immediate and immediately engaging montage, only to further introduce the pulp of the film’s expertly weaved narrative with a bravura lobby sequence that makes stunning use of overhead crane shooting by famed DP William H. Daniels.
January 16, 2013
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