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Grand Hotel (BD)
Director: Edmund Goulding Actores: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Robert McWade, Tully Marshall, Purnell Pratt Guionistas: William A. Drake (basado en la novela de Vicki Baum) Productor: Irving Thalberg Año de producción: 1932]]>
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The story opens and closes with an on-call physician's blasé comment about the boring state of affairs at Grand Hotel. We soon learn how wrong his assessment is, for several lives briefly and serendipitously intertwine at the famous Berlin hostel. No one would leave GH totally unchanged by their experiences.
A top-shelf MGM cast make this Best Picture Oscar-winner always interesting. It's a must-see for all classic era film lovers if only to hear Garbo's legendary line, "I vant to be alone!"
Another star-filled MGM ensemble appears in George Cukor's DINNER AT EIGHT (1933).
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(7.7) Grand Hotel (1932) - Greta Garbo/John Barrymore/Joan Crawford/Wallace Beery/Lionel Barrymore/Lewis Stone/Jean Hersholt/Tully Marshall
One of the rare film outings that features John Barrymore and his brother Lionel as two of the leads. As for Garbo, well, she is absolutely luminous here and the camera lighting is just terrific in every scene. She may have disliked the publicity hounds and having to endure occasional interviews, but Garbo certainly knew how to play to the camera.
Wallace Beery is his irascible self, though the bad guy in this tale, still you can't keep your eyes off of him.
Joan Crawford holds her own as the "little stenographer".
Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt round out the cast.
This is one of my favorite films from the 1930s!
And then look up Vicki Baum, who wrote the book.