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Film: Grand Hotel
"I want to be alone. I think I have never been so tired in my life."
Grusinskaya

"Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens."
Dr. Otternschlag

Adapted from Vicki Baum's novel, this 1932 MGM film was directed by Edmund Goulding and featured an All-Star Cast including Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and Lionel Barrymore. It tells the intertwining stories of the various guests who check into Berlin's famous Grand Hotel (based on the Real Life Adlon Hotel):

  • The Baron (John Barrymore), a poor aristocrat who's resulted to thievery to pay off his debts.
  • Mr. Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), who has come to the Grand Hotel to live it up after finding out he is terminally ill.
  • Flaemmchen (Crawford), a secretary who is barely scraping by.
  • Preysing (Beery), a businessman who is desperate for a deal that could save his failing business.
  • Gruinskaya (Garbo), a Russian ballerina who is burned out on life.
  • Their stories are observed by Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), who's too drunk to notice that stuff does happen in the Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel won the Academy Award for Best Picture, without even being nominated for any other Oscars, the only time this has ever happened. It was remade in The Forties as Weekend at the Waldorf, starring Lana Turner.


This film provides examples of:


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All Quiet on the Western FrontAcademy AwardThe Champ
GorgoCreator/Metro-Goldwyn-MayerThe Great Ziegfeld
FreaksFilms of the 1930sThe Greeks Had a Word for Them

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