Grand Hotel

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Grand Hotel
The glitz and glitter of Berlin's Grand Hotel comes alive with this story of love and betrayal. Contains both fullscreen and widescreen.

Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2005.
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 1419810561
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Based on a German play, MGM’s opulent ensemble piece follows the exploits of a handful of privileged guests at Berlin’s swank Grand Hotel while a small army of bellhops and telephone operators struggle to keep things under control. Among the colourful characters are a ruthless business magnate facing bankruptcy who decides his personal secretary should take more than dictation, a terminally ill office drone who cashes in his life’s savings for a weekend of champagne and caviar, a penniless Baron turned jewel thief, and an eccentric ballerina consumed with stage fright (Greta Garbo insisting she wants to be alone). Over the course of two nights love will be lost and found, some dreams will be shattered, and one unexpected tragedy will set everyone in a new direction. Gorgeously shot on elaborate sound stages with a dream cast of studio superstars and a script that crackles with wit and romance, 1932’s Oscar-winning blockbuster more than lives up to its name. A grand old film indeed!

Nov 23, 2014

one of MGM's best films, this was the first "all-star cast" movie ever made, a concept created by MGM's wunderkind producer, Irving Thalberg. The movie is great, the stories are engaging and the characters are interesting. The only false note in the entire film though is the one actor who's presence in it guaranted its success, Greta Garbo. Her style of acting, so praised for its realism and authencity is just basically pure hokum, with exagerated mannerisms, laughable facial expressions and ridiculous mugging. oh and those lines !!! on par with any Celine Dion song lyrics. Garbo's acting in this film reminds one of those classic early silent films, with the all-white make-up on the actor's face and the grand dramatic posturing. It's too bad that her story is so at the center of the film and takes up so much of its running time. It prevents the film from being much better than it could be otherwise. Having said all this, it is worth watching several times.

Sep 11, 2013
  • SusannahWhite rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful film with the incomparable Garbo at her most beautiful and affecting. Far from being a sniveling whiner, Garbo's portrayal of the high-spirited dancer Grusinskaya has passion, drama and poignancy--and a comedic delicacy rare in modern movies. There's great humor and trenchant social commentary in this old film. I love it!

Jul 18, 2013
  • cineaste rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, the dialog seems pretty creaky after all the decades, but this is still a winner. I understand why Garbo became a superstar in the silent era. Just watch her face and ignore her phony Russian accent and sappy lines. Her eyes, her mouth, the tilt of her head, the way she could kiss. Put her together with John Barrymore (another star of the silents) and it's a feast. Barrymore would drink himself to death within ten years, but he still had the goods for this one. Recomended, as well, are his comedic gifts in "20th Century" and "Midnight."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was surprised at the fact that I got into this movie somewhat. I'd heard about it, but I was hesitant being that it was eighty years old, and I assumed that it was nothing more than a painfully dated decadent/romantic snoozefest. It definitely had some engaging moments. The Barrymore brothers were of interest, (especially Lionel, as I had never seen him as anyone other than Frank Capra's classic miser "Mr. Potter"). Joan Crawford was cute. I found no appeal whatsoever in the sniveling, whining diva Garbo, however. Too bad they didn't have Prozac back then...

Jul 27, 2012
  • johnnybookreader rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

They must have had an extra oscar to give out back in 1932. It's a high-concept all-star movie that hasn't aged well, the acing is pretty awful, the plot is non-existent but the sets are pretty cool, otherwise...

Feb 21, 2012

Good acting, good humour, and a complexity that was ahead of its time. A bit of a downer in terms of the various stories. Interesting exploration of the characters. The basic idea was used for a remake in the 80s.

Feb 13, 2012
  • owllover rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable despite Garbo's melodramatic sillyness.

Jul 08, 2011
  • KerrAvon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite film of all time! In an odd sense, there really is no central plot (which is deliciously clever!), but an intertwining of small stoies of the characters all staying there for various reasons. Garbo's famous "I want to be alone" is here, Lionel Barrymore is charming , John Barrymore is great and Joan Crawford is super!A must see!!


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Grusinskaya: "I vant to be alone."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Preysing: "...I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know."


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