10 Films to Watch While You Wait for Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Further details about Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel emerged this week, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s only been about a year since the director charmed us with his whimsical childhood opus, Moonrise Kingdom, but it feels like decades since we were treated to one of Anderson’s epic ensemble casts, poignant — humorous — stories, and beautifully curated nostalgia. Looking to the future, this is what we know about Grand Budapest Hotel so far.

The film will bounce between the 1930s and ‘60s, and it has a killer cast: Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum (as a “a cross between Sigmund Freud and Jack Benny”), Saoirse Ronan (sporting an Irish accent), and others.

Screen Daily added to our excitement by revealing a plot synopsis. Who can resist this?

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”

Anderson has also mentioned a few inspirations behind the upcoming movie. We wanted to compose a watchlist for you, including Anderson’s picks and a few of our own. These movies channel the spirit of Grand Budapest Hotel and should keep you occupied until the film hits theaters in 2014.


To Be or Not to Be

In an interview with the LA Times, Anderson indicated that he’d like to achieve a similar “Europe on the Hollywood back lot” feel in Grand Budapest Hotel that Ernst Lubitsch displayed in To Be or Not to Be. He cited the film about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Poland specifically. The wartime satire’s sophisticated, light comedy would make an excellent aperitif.