Designing the Movies: Grand Hotel, 90th Anniversary!
A masterpiece of drama and Art Deco design, still magnificent at 90! Presented with an introduction by series host Nathalie Atkinson.
Greta Garbo utters the line that became her catchphrase in pre-Code masterpiece GRAND HOTEL, the first movie with an all-star Hollywood cast. Garbo is joined by Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and two Barrymores and every performance is a sublime in the story of criss-crossing fates among disparate guests at a ritzy Berlin hotel: it earned the Academy Award for Best Picture. The dramatic ensemble has since become the reference point for movies from Airport and The Poseidon Adventure to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The movie’s stunning Art Deco hotel is also main character. It was meticulously imagined by Cedric Gibbons, top art director of MGM’s classic era, and his crowning achievement—which is saying something in a career that includes both The Wizard of Oz and the design of the Oscar statuette itself. (Gibbons was nominated for Best Production Design 39 times—and won a record 11 of them.) $16/$14