Grand Hotel


Action / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87% · 54 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.3/10 10 21015 21K

Top cast

Joan Crawford as Flaemmchen - the Stenographer
Lionel Barrymore as Otto Kringelein
Mary Carlisle as Mrs. Hoffman - Young Honeymooner
Greta Garbo as Grusinskaya - the Dancer
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788.07 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 52 min
Seeds 2
1.67 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 52 min
Seeds 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FilmOtaku 7 / 10

Very melodramatic - and pretty good

Edmund Goulding's 1932 film "Grand Hotel", about 48 hours in a plush German hotel has a dream cast. Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo) is a Russian prima ballerina in town for several performances, who is lonely, a drama queen, and suicidal. She meets Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore) a hotel thief who inadvertently is in her room (having been in the process of stealing some jewelry) when she is about to commit suicide, and stays the night with her, convincing her not to end things. The two fall in love, of course, much to the disappointment of Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a woman that von Geigern was romancing the day before. Flaemmchen is a stenographer, and her boss, German tycoon Preysing (Wallace Beery) is having a hard time with a merger he is trying to transact. One of Preysing's employees at a factory he owns is bookkeeper Otto Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore). Otto is staying at the hotel because he only has a short time to live, so he takes his entire life savings and decides to live the rest of his life in luxury. Throughout the 48 hours that the action takes place, friendships are made, loves are found and lost, and a murder changes the lives of all of the main characters.

"Grand Hotel" won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1932, and it is easy to see why. The film is an epic without having an enormous cast or exotic locales. From the films that I have seen of this decade, this is one of the first examples of an intertwining narrative structure. We are used to seeing this now; (think Altman, in particular) where characters are all somehow connected, even though they may not even know each other. Another fine early example that I can recall was a decade later with "Tales of Manhattan". The acting is incredible, though Garbo's REALLY over-the-top performance was a bit much. Realizing that she was a drama queen as a profession, I excused a lot of it, but it got to a point where I was really snickering to myself after awhile, because she was acting just like Gloria Swanson later would in "Sunset Boulevard". One explanation could be that this was still a really early stage of the talking picture, and silent films solely relied on gestures and facial expressions to convey emotion. I was very impressed with the performances of the Barrymore brothers (I've always loved Lionel Barrymore), and was stunned by Crawford's talent as well as beauty.

"Grand Hotel" is rife with melodrama, but it was not hackneyed or maudlin. I am actually quite surprised it isn't on the IMDb top 250 list; I found it to be that good. I am a big fan of Douglas Sirk's melodramatic films of the 1940's and 1950's, and "Grand Hotel" is a great predecessor of that genre. 7/10 --Shelly

Reviewed by ryangilmer007 8 / 10

good now, great then

What was a great movie in 1932 is still a good movie in 1999. In the Grandest Hotel of them all as "People come, people go. (but) Nothing ever happens." This is a story of a day at the hotel. Nothing out of the ordinary occurs, except lots of drinking, gambling, a love triangle, .... This film is one of the last big-budget "studio" Hollywood movies from its era (20's-30's) and is frequently studied for both this aspect and its photographic techniques (like the revolving doorway). The two hours is well worth it. Lionel Barrymore's performance is also really memorable.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

absolutely wonderful

MGM made several star studded films in the 1930s featuring all their most important stars--such as this movie and DINNER AT 8. They shared a common soap opera-like approach and bounced back and forth between the characters as they prepared for the big dinner party or, as with Grand Hotel, explored their lives in their rooms and in the hotel lobby. The acting in both was superb as were the writing and direction. However, unlike DINNER AT 8, this film is a little darker as one of the plots involves thieves and character Wallace Beery plays is rather chilling. It's excellent and will keep your attention throughout. Also, make sure to see DINNER AT 8--it's even better, and that's saying a lot!

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