The Grand Budapest Hotel: Cinematography

Jack Taylor's Film Studies Blog

In the film The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014), Anderson applies his own style of cinematography to the film; these methods include the excessive use of frames within frames and establishing shots to attract the attention of the audience. He also focuses the light in his scenes to show the important aspects of each individual shot.


These elements are present during the first scene which opens with an establishing wide shot with lights on the edges to additionally establish the frame. These elements are swiftly followed by a 90 degree pan to the right which shows the context of the location as well as to shift the attention of the audience. Again, the light focuses on the middle of the scene to show the drain tunnel where Gustave and the inmates escape from, this is followed by the camera dollying forward.

The next scene cuts to another wide…

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