Grand Hotel


Tuesday, November 15
Time: 3:00 PM
The Gershman Y

Director: Edmund Goulding
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: USA
Year: 1932
Running Time: 112 min
Language: English

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In GRAND HOTEL, Doctor Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), a disfigured veteran of World War I and permanent resident of the most lavish sleeping quarters in all of Berlin, wryly observes: “People coming, going. Nothing ever happens.” Of course, a great deal transpires in this engrossing romantic drama starring Hollywood legends John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and Greta Garbo.

Baron Felix von Gaigern (John Barrymore), a handsome thief and gambler, is romancing one of his marks, the aging ballerina Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo). He’s also teaming up with dying accountant Otto Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore) against his former boss, Preysing (Wallace Beery), a crooked industrialist. Furthermore, his ambitious stenographer, Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), makes the atmosphere at the Grand Hotel nothing short of exhilarating. Rediscover this famed black-and-white classic as it is meant to be seen – on the big screen – and then remain glued to your seats as NY film critic Noah Isenberg talks about what makes GRAND HOTEL such a memorable film and its originator, Vicki Baum, a writer tremendously underappreciated.

Guest Speaker: Noah Isenberg, Author and Film Criticnoah-isenberg
Noah Isenberg
is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York City, where he teaches film history, theory, and criticism and also serves as the Director of Screen Studies. As an author, he most recently published Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography” and the Huffington Post selected among its Best Film Books of 2014. His other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and, as editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His upcoming book, We’ll Always Have “Casablanca”: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, will be published in early 2017 by W.W. Norton in the U.S. and by Faber & Faber in the U.K.

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Awards and Honors: 1932 Oscar for Best Picture

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