Posts tagged #Concierge

Why We All Want to Go to The Grand Budapest Hotel

Well, Wes Anderson has done it again. For those who were charmed by the movie Moonrise Kingdom, there is now another film that equally delights while urging one to think just a little more deeply about what life is all about. 

All one has to do to achieve such wisdom (besides seeing the film) is check into The Grand Budapest Hotel and embrace the wisdom of Monsieur Gustave, concierge extraordinaire.

The film reveals through flashbacks the story of Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy (played by the newcomer Tony Revolori) as he learns about hotel protocol, poetry, courage and how one lives a life of meaning – all taught, of course, by Monsieur Gustave.

Ralph Fiennes plays the central character, Monsieur Gustave, with humor, style and a view of life crafted by years of perceptively watching the rich and famous come and go. It is an overview so accurately presented that anyone within the Hospitality Industry will adore the humorous but honest insights on life and service that this film presents in scene after scene.

The famed set designer, Adam Stockhausen, skillfully caught the feel what a legendary hotel must be when he converted the cavernous former Görlitzer Warenhaus Department Store building in Görlitz, Germany into the Grand Budapest Hotel during its grand (and not so grand days). In keeping with the storybook-feel of years gone by, he also created a miniature model of the exterior at the Studio Babelsberg, near Berlin. 

There’s death, romance, jeweled guests, theft, running up and down the stairs, fabulous pastries, keys, cocktails - in short just another day at a grand hotel, all handled with a clarity of style that defines the very heart of our Industry.  

Your Culinary World Copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2014

Have You Ever Worked at the Grand Budapest Hotel?

As everyone in the Industry knows, there is the imaged world of hospitality and then there is the real, everyday world that encompasses our work. There is the front of the House, and then, well, there is the back of the House. 

Now there is a new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that takes both worlds to humorous extremes. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, who also made the critically acclaimed, Moonrise Kingdom, this creative movie offers viewers, literally, a new perspective on both humor and film.

The film centers around the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the legendary concierge at this imagery but still world famous European hotel between World Wars I and II. Accompanying him is Zero Moustafa, his assistant lobby boy, who becomes his most trusted friend and ally. 

With a cast of international stars elite enough to frighten even the most experienced front desk, this delightful film is a joy to see, starting in March 2014. It's a perfect work-break film when you need to laugh at all that can (or could) happen in a single hotel.

That said, there is only one remaining question to ask: Have you ever felt that you worked at The Grand Budapest Hotel?

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2013