This week’s NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video featurette sees director Wes Anderson discuss a pivotal scene from his delightful adventure romp “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which arrives in theaters March 7. Watch below.
In the scene, hotel concierge and recent prison escapee Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusty lobby-boy sidekick Zero (Tony Revolori) make an important call from an isolated phone booth in a snowy field (actually shot on location in Gorlitz, Germany). Gustave calls upon the Society of the Crossed Keys, i.e. a guild of concierges who help each other out when the going gets tough. Members of the guild include Bill Murray and Bob Balaban, among many others.
Anderson explains that for the Crossed Keys sequence, the crew actually used the same desk and set over and over again, while swapping out the decorations, desk items and colorful backgrounds.
Our TOH! review of “Grand Budapest” is here.