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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Soundtrack Relies On Original Music (Song Premiere)

Wes Anderson invented a country for his new movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,”so it seems fitting that the writer and director wanted the soundtrack to rely heavily on original music. The 32-piece soundtrack album includes the composition “Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak,” which premieres today on Speakeasy.

While previous Anderson films have featured original music, they have also included songs by the Rolling StonesJohn Lennon, the Kinks and, memorably in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie tunes. This time, Anderson was intent on creating a sort of cultural backstory for the Republic of Zubrowka, the fictional setting for the film, music supervisor Randall Poster said. The two researched early 20th-century classical composers and regional folk variations before choosing a three-stringed Russian instrument called the balalaika to establish the musical voice of the film.

“I think it speaks to evolving culture, it speaks to folklore, it speaks to this sort of mythical foreign identity that we were trying to channel,” said Poster, who co-produced the soundtrack album. “And there’s just sort of the magic of it. It’s a great sound and underused and works really nicely as a counterpart to some of the more sophisticated classical pieces.”

French film composer Alexandre Desplat wrote the original music for the soundtrack, which includes performances by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, along with Russian folk songs and a Vivaldi piece. Desplat also worked on Anderson’s movies “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The latter movie, Poster said, is a point of reference for the scenes that accompany “Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak.”

“It’s a moment where you will be rewarded with all of our work on ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’” Poster said. “There’s a real special treat that comes in the latter part of the movie and really is one of the most exciting action sequences that comes together at the end of the film.”

The soundtrack is due March 4 on ABKCO Records, and the film opens March 7. What do you think of “Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.


Grand Budapest Hotel — Luxurious Travel In Time Experience

Wes Anderson’s all-star film The Grand Budapest Hotel picked up an impressive number of trophies at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes this year, but what hotel inspired this movie? The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the two World Wars.

If you check out the history of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, formerly the Grand Hotel Royal, you can’t fail to spot the common points between our former mantle and the movie’s Grand Budapest Hotel.

Experience the life of the 1930s elite, as depicted in this fabulous movie, with our amazing package – which includes airport transfers with a limousine, guided historical hotel tour, a special treate in your room and of course, the opportunity to watch this world famous movie between the walls of our dazzling Hotel.

This photo from Obama’s India trip looks exactly like a Wes Anderson movie

Official state visits are always weird — the pageantry, the costumes — but President Obama’s visit to India has become so surreal that he now appears to be filming a new Wes Anderson movie there.

Ostensibly, this photo shows Obama and his wife meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, but it’s pretty clear that that is just an elaborate cover for some sort of Royal Tenenbaums or Darjeeling Limited sequel.

Obama’s state visit has so many of twee, ironic Wes Anderson hallmarks that one can only assume the White House has brought on the hipster director to stage manage the entire weeklong affair. Here are a few more of the signs:

  • The elaborate costumes, either a nostalgic holdover from British imperial rule, or the mis-en-scene of a hit play directed by star high school student Max Fischer (no relation)
  • The weird smirks of President Obama and his wife Michelle, possibly because they have just filled Bill Murray’s hotel room with bees in revenge for Murray stealing their crush
  • Speaking of Bill Murray, he will be playing the role of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As with his portrayal of Steve Zissou, he will have his character’s name stitched onto his costume:

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  • A fancy state dinner, which presumably included elaborate stationery with offbeat typefaces, all designed by moody but precocious adolescents
  • Michelle Obama’s beautiful but enormous dress and her towering-over-her-hosts high heels, which at this point is as much as of a no-more-fucks-to-give trademark as Margot Tenenbaum’s cigarettes and fur coats
  • Anderson’s continued practice of casting a short, iconoclastic Indian man in every film, although now that standby Kumar Pallana has passed away, Anderson has instead deployed Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
  • Obama fled the state dinner early to take a long train ride on the Indian rails to find himself

In a show of patience and good diplomacy, Obama’s Indian hosts have so far not protested Wes Anderson’s meddling.

‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Late to Awards Race

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On Nov. 19, voting began for SAG nominations. On Dec. 1, art directors and producers kick off the guild voting, while the New York Film Critics Circle are first out of the gate by announcing their winners.


As we get down to the wire, Hollywood calendars are jam-packed with awards events. And at each gathering, voters trade notes about titles they’ve seen recently and the handful of films they need to see. The conversation is always dominated by the latest contenders — and yet this year, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” keeps coming up.

The Wes Anderson film premiered at Berlin almost a year ago and bowed domestically in March, which in an awards-season-timetable is the equivalent of 200 years ago. It has long been on VOD and video, so as a flock of terrific films open to fanfare and media attention, “Budapest” may seem like old news. Au contraire, mes amis.

Six months ago, people were singing its praises, but feared it might be too fun for awards consideration. But as new films step into the spotlight, people retain their affection for “Budapest.”

In terms of artisan voting, it seems like a shoo-in for attention in multiple categories including costume design. As for SAG, the best-actor race is overcrowded, but Ralph Fiennes passes two of the crucial tests for kudos consideration: It’s like nothing you’ve seen him do before, and you cannot imagine anyone else play the role. And the ensemble is first-rate (Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, et al.)

Could it be an Oscar contender for best picture, writer and director? Those goals may seem overly ambitious, but a few years ago, many had similar skepticism about “Midnight in Paris” and it scored Oscar noms in all those categories and more.

“Budapest” is definitely fun, but it’s not lightweight. Underneath its vivid colors, middle-European wit and Lubitsch-like touches, Anderson raises serious ideas, ranging from political oppression to the importance of good manners. It’s a portrait of changing times, which is why it resonates.

Whenever voters mention the film, they lean in, with a little smile, and talk as if they are the only human in the world who is aware of this film. Apparently it’s the kind of movie that people react to on a personal level. And with Oscar, you don’t need every voter to love it — you just need a rabid group of supporters. And “Budapest” has that in spades, which bodes well for the film as voting begins.

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