The Theme Of Colors In The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is acclaimed as one of the most popular and successful films directed by Wes Anderson. The plot revolves around a lobby boy named Zero (Tony Revoli) and how he learns from the renowned concierge, Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). The character of Gustav is depicted as a charismatic and charming individual who engages in numerous relationships with the wealthy guests at the hotel. However, he soon gets accused and convicted of a murder that he did not commit, and they go on a search to discover the reasons behind the death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton). At the end, the false accusation proves to be wrong and they receive all the inheritance, including the hotel. The director, Wes Anderson is celebrated for his distinctive and…show more content…
This variation and symbolism of colors are used extensively throughout the movie, and allows for a more effective and accurate method in delivering the messages and themes intended. In a way, Anderson is not just telling a story, but he is also painting a picture for the viewers to enjoy on the screen. For instance, extensive use of soft pastels and muted undertones create a dreamlike look to the hotel and objects (the cake box, funicular, Mendl’s uniform & vehicle, etc), clearly distinguished from the other parts in the film. The poetic and impeccable pastel-toned look of the hotel, mostly pink and purple, resembles of a doll’s house: peaceful, and fairytale-like. Not only that, it is comparable in appearance with the graceful pink packages of Mendl’s Patisserie. On that note, the scene that stands out in terms of a strong color contrast is when Gustav is in prison and shares the cake with the other inmates. When he cuts the cake with the “throat slitter”, the soft rosy box of Mendl’s stand out from the gloomy color schemes of the prison. Not only that, the box is placed in the very middle, thereby emphasizing the objet using the “rule of thirds”; composition aspect of mise-en-scene. Also, the director strikes the audience with vivid colors, when in need of reinforcement of the theme or highlighting an essential scene. When Agatha and Dmitri board on the elevator when holding painting, there exists a powerful contrast: between Agatha wearing beige-toned outfit with hairs impeccably braided reminiscent of an angel, Dmitri with all black long coat and messy mustache signifying the dark and the evil (also, wearing the armband similar to that of Hitler), and the elevator guy wearing a vibrant purple uniform. The costumes, which are also a significant part of décor, therefore convey the audience in
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