Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford
Apparently this is the only movie to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture that wasn’t nominated for any other award. Also, it was the fifth movie ever to win that award. Also, people in the 30’s looked weird, man.
Grand Hotel follows the stories of several people who are all staying at a very fancy hotel at the same time, and their stories weave in and out of each other. Mainly it’s about John Barrymore, a baron with no money, who’s planning on stealing a pearl necklace from Greta Garbo, a dancer. Instead, he falls in love with her… so he has to get his money from somewhere else. He tries to steal it from the naive dying man that he befriended, but can’t bring himself to do it. In the end he decides to steal from the German businessman who lied for the first time to make a big deal, and is accidentally killed for his efforts.
There were some pretty neat characters in this movie. I especially liked Lionel Barrymore (John’s brother) as Kringelein, the dying guy who decides to take all his savings and live nicely for his last couple days. Overall it was a fairly lighthearted drama which was obviously adapted from a stage play. It was fine. Quite nice at points. Nothing really stands out for me, though.