My Journey with ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ An Allusion Sustained with Marvelous Grace

Some will have argued that Wes Anderson’s 2014 ensemble comedy-drama, The Grand Budapest Hotel, rigidly, perhaps even self-consciously, maintains an assured aesthetic and identity, of which its opening sequences are symptomatic. Such lies not only in the cinematographic choices built into the direction as a structural storytelling mechanism – using differing aspect ratios to connote…