Take a Course on The Republic of Zubrowka

What do you know about The Republic of Zubrowka?  Did you know that it is the home of the Grand Budapest Hotel or that it possesses a rich heritage known only to the few who have thought to seek it out?

Few of us know anything about The Republic of Zubrowka, so don’t bother emailing your old History teacher about it. Instead, click here to “explore the detailed political, cultural and artistic world of 20th-century Zubrowka at the Akademie’s Historical Archive. Learn about the military coup of 1935, the involvement of The Grand Budapest Hotel and the roving cast of characters that make up its intricate past.” Or you can just type the website address out if you feel so compelled –

Grand Budapest Movie Poster

The Grand Budapest Hotel Soundtrack to be Available March 4

The soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel now has a release date. The latest Anderson movie soundtrack will be available March 4 on ABKCO Records. But if you are expecting to find music resembling the Kinks or Rolling Stones, you are going to be surprised. The 32-track score primarily consists of music by French film composer Alexandre Desplat, who previously worked with Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, for which Desplat received his 3rd Oscar nomination in 2010.

A hallmark of Anderson’s movies has been the inclusion of pop music, dating back to songs such as Over and Done With by The Proclaimers in Bottle Rocket to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which is packed with David Bowie songs and covers. However, Anderson’s most recent efforts appear to be relying less and less on popular music.

Movie soundtracks don’t always include every song featured in a movie. For instance, The Royal Tenenbaums released a second soundtrack a year after the original to add previously excluded songs such as Everyone by Van Morrison and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon. Meanwhile, Ruby Tuesday and She Smiled Sweetly by the Rolling Stones are still missing from the official soundtrack.

The Grand Budapest Hotel may indeed still have a few musical surprises, but here’s a listing of tracks we know will be in the movie:

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)’ Track List:

1. s’Rothe-Zäuerli – Öse Schuppel

2. The Alpine Sudetenwaltz*

3. Mr. Moustafa*

4. Overture: M. Gustave H*

5. A Prayer for Madame D*

6. The New Lobby Boy*

7. Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I. Moderato – Siegfried Behrend & DZO Chamber Orchestra

8. Daylight Express to Lutz*

9. Schloss Lutz Overture*

10. The Family Desgoffe und Taxis*

11. Last Will and Testament*

12. Up the Stairs/Down the Hall*

13. Night Train to Nebelsbad*

14. The Lutz Police Militia*

15. Check Point 19 Criminal Internment Camp Overture*

16. The Linden Tree – Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

17. J.G. Jopling, Private Inquiry Agent*

18. A Dash of Salt (Ludwig’s Theme)*

19. The Cold-Blooded Murder of Deputy Vilmos Kovacs*

20. Escape Concerto*

21. The War (Zero’s Theme)*

22. No Safe-House*

23. The Society of the Crossed Keys*

24. M. Ivan*

25. Lot 117*

26. Third Class Carriage*

27. Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak*

28. A Troops Barracks (Requiem for the Grand Budapest)*

29. Cleared of All Charges*

30. The Mystical Union*

31. Kamarinskaya – Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

32. Traditional Arrangement: “Moonshine”*

*Music Composed by Alexandre Desplat

Produced by Wes Anderson & Randall Poster

Inside The Grand Budapest Hotel


With anticipation building over Wes Anderson’s upcoming release ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, we are seeing an increasing number of teasers including the full cast of characters and short clips from the film itself, but what do we know about the backdrop and namesake of the film? Here’s what we found:

Since inviting us aboard the Belafonte in 2004, Wes has shot in locations as far and vast as Paris and India. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different,  the film is being shot on location in and around Berlin.

The renowned Gorlitzer Warenhaus shopping centre will host many of the scenes representing the inside of the hotel.


The film is said to be set between the wars, meaning we get to look forward to more of Wes’ infamous romanticising with decor from a period full of character and history.
“As you might gather from the title, a hotel figures prominently in it, and it mostly takes place about 85 years ago. And it’s kind of European…a bit inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time. Yeah. That’s a little bit about it. Kind of vague, but…” – Wes Anderson (LA Times)


The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th, 2014

2013 Sometimes-Annual Wes Anderson Halloween Costume Contest

Enter our Sometimes-Annual Wes Anderson Halloween Costume Contest. Thanks to our good friends over at Abrams Books, we are giving away five copies of Matt Zoller Seitz’s marvelous Wes Anderson Collection.


To enter, upload a picture of yourself in your Wes-inspired costume to our Facebook site or tag it as #weshalloween on Twitter. Great Budapest Hotel costumes are strongly encouraged.

By submitting an entry, you:
a) confirm that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and that it is legal for you to post your picture.
b) give permission to to post your entry on its public website and Facebook page.

The contest submission period ends November 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Contest rules, stipulations, and prizes are subject to change at the sponsor’s discretion. Direct inquiries to edwardappleby @ (no spaces).

Can Wes Anderson’s Archer-y Skills Hit the Bullseye?

Patrick Gosnell, a graduate student and teacher at Texas State University San-Marcos, wrote a piece on his design blog, Gänsefüßchenexploring the intricate relationship between Wes Anderson and his choice of typeface.

Gosnell notes that “…not since the likes of fellow auteur directors Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen has a filmmaker so carefully considered their choice of type. With Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson has made yet another typographic decision that has designers trying to ascertain its significance: Archer.” For more on the (possible) significance of this design choice, and other such choices on display in the wonderfully imagined worlds of Wes Anderson, click here.




Checking into the Grand Budapest Hotel

We have been much better about updating things over at the Facebook page than here, but we plan to be better about things now that the new one is on its way. If you are a long-term fan of the site, you know that activity picks up around film releases.

We have learned that the Grand Budapest Hotel will be released on March 7, 2014. The official site is located here.

Here is the trailer:

And the first poster:

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  • From Slate: ‘One of the most striking things about the trailer is the aspect ratio (that is, the dimensions of the image): It appears to be 4:3 (or 1.33:1) throughout. Anderson reportedly shot the movie in three different aspect ratios, 1.33, 1.85, and 2.35:1, as is explained in Matt Zoller Seitz’s new book, The Wes Anderson Collection. “The movie jumps through three time periods,” the book explains, and “the different aspect ratios tell viewers where they are in the timeline.” Anderson told Seitz that he had always wanted to shoot a movie in the old 1.33:1 ratio, for “the tallness” of it. “We considered shooting Tenenbaums that way,” he says, “because the house is vertical.”’
  • Cuss Yeah, Wes Anderson on “Boy with Apple”
  • Take your hands off my lobby boy!


Trailer for Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Wes Anderson Collection”

Abrams Books has released a trailer (yes, a book trailer) for the great Matt Zoller Seitz’s forthcoming The Wes Anderson Collection, which will be released into fine bookstores near you on October 8th. We heartily recommend you buy it. Did we mention it’s by, for our money, the foremost critical voice on Wes’ work? Did we mention it has an introduction by certified Important Author Michael Chabon? Did we mention it has a brand spanking new interview with Wes that encompasses his entire career to date? We didn’t, did we. Well it does, so be like Margot and sit in your zebra adorned room reading like a Tenenbaum. Pre-order from Amazon (by doing so you help support the site, and ensure we post at least three to four times a year).

Speaking of fine bookstores, Seitz will be appearing at the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn on October 8th, at New York’s legendary Strand Bookstore on October 10th, discussing the book and Wes’ work along with Lisa Rosman and the New Yorker’s Richard Brody, and Seitz will host a special screening of Bottle Rocket October 19th at Videology in Brooklyn.

Bravo, Matt!