Grand HotelDirector: Edmund Goulding, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford
Based on Vicki Baum's novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where "nothing ever happens." That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who is under the care of alcoholic physician Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone). Grand Hotel won Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards.
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Cast & Crew
|John Barrymore||Baron Felix von Geigern|
|Wallace Beery||General Director Preysing|
|Lionel Barrymore||Otto Kringelein|
|John Davidson||Hotel Manager|
|Lee Phelps||Extra in Lobby|
|Edwin Maxwell||Dr. Waitz|
|Lewis Stone||Dr. Otternschlag|
|William H. Daniels||Cinematographer|
|William A. Drake||Screenwriter|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Jean Hersholt||Original Story|
|Irving G. Thalberg||Producer|
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'Grand Hotel' is an all star extravaganza ¿ the first of its kind ¿ that follows the intimate goings on of guests staying at Berlin's posh resort. There is the high strung, temperamental ballerina (Greta Garbo), the sassy vamp-like stenographer (Joan Crawford), the boorish industrialist (Wallace Beery), the fatally stricken laborer (Lionel Barrymore) and the devilishly handsome baron (John Barrymore). These seemingly separate lives crisscross - some happily so, others with tragic circumstances - all thoroughly absorbing and brilliantly performed and realized. At the time of its release 'Grand Hotel' was the first movie to feature more than one star above the title credits. After years of looking as though the camera negative had been fed through a meat grinder, this DVD is a considerable improvement. Having said that, a lot of work remains to get this one looking up to par. Solid blacks are about the best thing on this DVD. Contrast levels appear too low in many of the scenes. There are a considerable number of age related artifacts and quite a bit of film grain present. Edge effects, aliasing and shimmering of fine details make for a very harsh looking visual presentation half way through. The audio has been extensively cleaned up but continues to exhibit considerable hiss. If this is a special edition it's one of the poorest I've seen. Some featurettes are included that round out the history too briefly of this classic film. 'Grand Hotel' is undeniably engrossing entertainment. The transfer is NOT up to snuff.
I watched this movie expecting to see women dependent upon thier boyfriends and egocentric men. Not so with Grand Hotel. Lionel Barrymore's character is a riot to watch as he is so out of place and yet having the time of his life. Joan Crawford is radient and saucy like many favorite characters are today. Watching this movie is like taking a vacation yourself.
Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery give excellent performances in this story about a group of guests at a Berlin hotel who are all oblivious to each other until their lives begin to slowly intertwine. Supposedly nothing ever happens at this hotel...yeah right! Garbo's character is on the verge of suicide, John Barrymore plays a baron who is in desperate need of money, Joan Crawford is a woman deciding if she should be a secretary or high class prostitute, Lionel Barrymore is a dying man living it up for the first time in his life and Wallace Beery is the cold, unscrupulous business magnate with designs on Joan Crawford's character, Flaemmchen. This is one of the best films to come from the 1930's as well as from MGM. In this classic film all of the actors shine in a way that makes one long for the good old days of Hollywood when art not box office revenue was the focus. All of their performances are right on the mark with Garbo and Crawford both radiant, the Barrymore brothers are in top dramatic form and Wallace Beery at his best as unscrupulous Mr. Preysing. This is a classic film that should not be missed!
This film stars, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery as guests at a swanky hotel in Berlin where nothing ever happens. By watching this film you can see that is quite the opposite. This is a terrific film with a great cast and strong performances. It makes the viewer feel like they know each of the guests as if they were friends.
This film was absolutely fantastic. The mere star power almost bowled me over: Greta Garbo, the great John Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, and more!! The drama and intrigue surrounding the Grand Hotel is made up of individual lives of those who live and work inside the hotel. Those individuals weave in and out of each others lives in such a seamless way that the film ranks tops in my list for astounding script writing. John Barrymore and Greta Garbo create such an excellent chemistry in their love together on the screen that you will find it hard not to buy this movie!