Decaying Old Grandeur 3

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Photo by Adam Woolfitt /Robert Harding/ REX People bathing in the Hotel Gellert Baths, Budapest, Hungary, Europe
Photo by Adam Woolfitt /Robert Harding/ REX
People bathing in the Hotel Gellert Baths, Budapest, Hungary, Europe
The Grand Hotel Moskva in Budapest
The Grand Hotel Moskva in Budapest

This is a tribute to the Grand Budapest Hotel. The hotels above, were believed to be the inspiration for the set of Oscar-winning ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ by Wes Anderson, although filming took place in Germany. The movie sparked a cult to stay at Grand Hotels all over Europe. George Ezra’s song Budapest was such a big hit last year that the British have been flocking to Budapest for their holidays. The English folk singer was given a special ‘thank you’ trophy from Hungary’s Minister for Tourism.

My house in Budapest

My hidden treasure chest,

Golden grand piano

My beautiful Castillo

You

You

I’d leave it all                  –        George Ezra

The film company released each scene of their official trailer as a gif which you can download online. An excellent marketing ploy!  I could not decide which one to use so I thought I would just link the whole lot from their wonderful trailer on YouTube.  It’s very short do visit (or copy and paste to visit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk

The Secret Cinema's London location for The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Secret Cinema’s London location for The Grand Budapest Hotel

I have just started following corridors123 on WordPress (https://corridors123.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/secret-cinema-club-grand-budapest-hotel )

This is where I heard about The Secret Cinema Club, which for the last eight years had been holding large scale cinema screenings which pop up in amazing locations (mainly in London) that echo the film that it is showing. The audience and actors dress and stay in-character as if you are in the movie.

The actors and audience dress and stay in-character at the Secret Cinema location
The actors and audience dress and stay in-character at the Secret Cinema location

For the screening of Prometheus they transformed a London warehouse into a spaceship. For The Shawshank Redemption audiences began their journey at Bethnal Green Library and travelled by prison van to the ‘cinema’ based in an old school, the mock prison! These events are spectacles thought up by Fabien Riggall’s Future Cinema Company, and traditionally follow the rule that customers do not know the film they are paying to see before they visit the event. For the performance we went to however they had revealed the performance title in advance, I’m guessing as it would have been a bit of a give away since the whole front of the hotel housed the name in big letters!”

 

The screenings are held at pop-up locations that complement the film shown

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