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Grand Hotel [Blu-ray]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The crme de la crme of MGM's pantheon gathers at the luxurious Grand Hotel, where "nothing ever happens." Greta Garbo is at her most radiant and poetic as the melancholy ballerina who finds a reason to dance again after she falls for the down-and-out Baron (John Barrymore) who planned to rob her. In another room a ravishing young secretary (Joan Crawford) succumbs to the advances of an arrogant industrialist (Wallace Beery). In yet another, a fatally ill office clerk (Lionel Barrymore) spends his life savings in a desperate effort to derive some pleasure from this bleak and brief existence. Downstairs at the bar, a disfigured doctor (Lewis Stone) dispenses wry commentary as people come and go. This precedent-setting ensemble piece of frothy, bubbly, tear-jerking super soap cemented the A-list status of its director, Edmund Goulding. It's an oft-imitated, never duplicated spectacle; the old Hollywood star system lighting up the sky with all the wattage at its disposal.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1932

  • Credits
    Greta Garbo, Greta Louisa Gustafson, John Barrymore, John Blythe Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, Billie Cassin, Lucille le Seuer, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Blythe Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Robert McWade, Purnell Pratt, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Rafaela Ottiano, William Daniels
  • Critic Reviews
    "The two actresses are great."
    USA Today

    "[T]his picture is the granddaddy of such modern-day concoctions as LOVE ACTUALLY..."

    "This is Golden Era Hollywood-studio style at its most opulent."
    Total Film

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