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First Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Reveals How Wes Anderson Is Bringing New Levels Of Whimsiquirk

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | January 3, 2014 |

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | January 3, 2014 |

The most interesting thing that’s revealed from this first official clip is that Anderson’s upcoming movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be shot in three different aspect ratios to reflect the three different time periods of the film. (Aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between the width and the height of the frame, for those of you who don’t usually fuss with that sort of thing.) All that’s to say that the embedded scene below, a jaunty walk and talk between Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori, will look off-puttingly tall to you.

What do you think of that aspect ratio decision? Anderson is often accused of being too precious and this added layer of eccentricity certainly won’t help clear him of that charge. But is it any different than shooting one section in B&W and another in color? Either way, I’d much rather Anderson focus with the aspect ratio than watch this thing at a higher frame rate a la The Hobbit. We don’t need all those glorious mustaches in sickeningly smooth 48 fps. You can judge the aspect ratios for yourself when The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theater on March 7th.

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