NYC's Museum of the Moving Image Hosting a 'Hotels on Film' Series
They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.
Starting on Saturday, March 8th this weekend, the Museum of Moving Image will be showing screenings of six films as part of the "Hotels on Film" series. From the event: "With their vast labyrinthine spaces, their alluring blend of private and public spaces, and their ever-changing cast of characters, hotels are naturally cinematic. On the occasion of the latest great example, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, here is a selection of some of the best hotel movies, including films directed by the Coen brothers, Ingmar Bergman, Sofia Coppola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Stanley Kubrick." One of them is Kubrick's The Shining, which is expected once you remember that, oh yea that is set at the remote Overlook Hotel. Indeed.
The Hotels on Film screening series includes showings of: the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink (1991), Ingmar Bergman's The Silence (1963), Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), Edmund Goulding's Grand Hotel (1932), Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). In addition to these six, we would also suggest watching these other hotel-ish films: Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nick Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Garry Marshall's Pretty Woman, Hitchcock's Psycho, Sofia Coppola's other film Somewhere, Terry George's Hotel Rwanda, the Marx Bros' A Night in Casablanca, plus Robert Leonard's Week-End at the Waldorf.
I'm just oddly excited by the idea of a "Hotels on Film" screening series, and might consider attending a few of these showings myself. The Museum of the Moving Image runs many different themed screening series throughout the year, but this one is timed/connected with the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The perfect hotel film to see before catching any of these six hotel films (or the others above). Your favorites?