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Grand Hotel [1932]: A Masterpiece for the Time Being

Posted on the 19 January 2014 by Rukhaiyaaramrit
Cast: John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
"Grand Hotel; people come, people go, Nothing ever happens"
This film is not the greatest from the standards of today’s cinema but for the year 1932, it was an innovative step in the then existing line of films. Director Edmund Goulding took an ensemble cast of the superstars of that era and made a creative film of intertwining stories. The cast includes some iconic names of Hollywood, such as Lionel Barrymore and the greatest Greta Garbo; other great names were Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and John Barrymore. Grand Hotel [1932]: A masterpiece for the time being Plot: This is the story of multiple characters that spent 2 days in a hotel. Greta Garbo plays a ballerina who misses her country Russia and feels her life being empty and pointless and is saved by the charm of the Baron, played by John Barrymore. The Baron aims to steal her jewels and pay all his debts. Joan Crawford plays the stenographer and is trying to woo the Baron as she believes he is a rich business person. She is employed by the wealthy industrialist played by Wallace Beery; he also employed a dying old man, played by Lionel Barrymore, who is set to live rest of his life experiencing things he missed out till now, he eventually befriends the Baron. 
Greta Garbo’s character spent most of her part in isolation. Grand Hotel won the Oscar for the Best Picture at the 5th Academy Awards. It holds the record as the only film in history that won a Best Picture at the Oscars and had no other nominations. This happened because there were so many subplots in the film and it must have been tough to select one of the performances. Overall, the film was pretty interesting with all the subplots mixed and matched perfectly. Some of my greatest films with intertwined stories are Pulp Fiction, Snatch, Amores Perros and Magnolia, although pulp fiction and snatch are totally different films from Grand Hotel.
I have read so many great things about Greta Garbo and it was my first chance to see her performance and I must admit, I found her acting a mediocre piece of work but she did impressed the movie viewer in me, in some of her other films that came after Grand Hotel. 
Movie Geek’s Rating: ★★★½ Excellent
Author: Amritt Rukhaiyaar

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