Analysis Of ' The Grand Budapest Hotel '

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Alexander Pumo

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

To give a proper analysis of "The Grand Budapest Hotel", it is necessary to understand the several layers through which the story is told. The film begins with a monologue from the narrator (presumably in the present day) describing to the audience what it is to be a storyteller. He then proceeds to give an exact account of how he, a writer, came to meet and have dinner with an old gentleman named Zero Mustafa when he was staying at Grand Budapest during its "decline into shabbiness." The body of the film is then presented from Zero 's perspective during the course of an elaborate dinner, as he tells our narrator how he came to own the Grand Budapest. The storyteller seems to be an omnipotent paradigm of the film, and Wes Anderson seems to be encouraging people to tell the story of others. As stated by the narrator at the end of his opening monologue: "Of he who tells the story of many, many stories will be told." "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the story of relationships; the relationship between Gustave and Zero, and the relationship between the Grand Budapest itself and the characters that inhabit it the relationship between storyteller and audience.

Most of the scenes in the movie are filled with rich color and lavish decorations. However it may be significant to note that when Zero or Gustave are shown in their own room, they always occupy a small, plain servants quarters with
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