Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic release, “Grand Budapest Hotel” is a true feast for the senses. Set in the fictional Eastern European alpine republic of Zubrowka, the film evokes a bygone era of powder pink architecture, hand-crafted patisserie masterpieces, and old fashioned rail-road adventures. Fans of the film will love watching the video clips on this quirky website, created by the equally fictitious Akademie Zubrowka to educate us on their country’s rich culture and history!
The film’s setting alternates between the grandeur of the hotel in its heyday, when it served as an extravagant retreat for the aristocracy of Imperial Europe, and the hotel in its dilapidated state three decades later, its reputation having long faded into oblivion.
Throughout, the audience is presented with a remarkable visual display of colour, from the clashing red and tangerine tones of the drab 1960s hotel décor, to the pastel blues of the hotel’s crumbling Turkish baths, and the original lobby boy’s deep purple uniform. The film’s characters are equally colourful. Tilda Swinton delivers a delightful performance as the über-eccentric matriarch of the Desgoffe-und-Taxis family, whilst Ralph Fiennes charms us with his quirky rendition of egocentric (yet surprisingly likeable) head concierge Monsieur Gustave H. And of course we must not forget the film’s hero, Zero, who rises from rags to riches despite his humble name.
Below, we have recreated our very own set and cast of Grand Budapest Hotel using some hidden gems from the akg-images collection, and we certainly had much fun doing so!
Our nominations for best look-alike set from the akg-images archive go to:
When it comes to re-imagining the film’s cast, our favourite quirky characters from the akg-images archive are:
We hope you have enjoyed browsing this selection as much as we have enjoyed making it! If you have not yet had a chance to make it to the cinema, we hope these images will inspire you to go see the real thing; a cinematic gem truly deserving of five big fat sugar-coated stars!