The Grand Budapest Hotel script
Synopsis: In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.

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AUTHOR (V.O.)

-- a picturesque, elaborate, and oncewidely-celebrated establishment. I expectsome of you will know it. It was offseason

and, by that time, decidedly out-

of-fashion; and it had already begun itsdescent into shabbiness and eventual

demolition.

MONTAGE:

The nine other guests of the hotel each observed from arespectful distance: a frail student; a fat businessman;

a burly hiker with a St. Bernard; a schoolteacher withher hair in a bun; a doctor; a lawyer; an actor; and so

on.

AUTHOR (V.O.)

What few guests we were had quickly cometo recognize one another by sight as theonly living souls residing in the vastestablishment -- although I do notbelieve any acquaintance among our numberhad proceeded beyond the polite nods weexchanged as we passed in the Palm Courtand the Arabian Baths and onboard the

Colonnade Funicular. We were a veryreserved group, it seemed -- and, withoutexception, solitary.

CUT TO:

An enormous, half-abandoned dining room. There are twohundred tables and fifty chandeliers. The ten guestssit, each on his or her own, at their separate tables,

widely-spaced across the giant restaurant. A waitercarries a tray a great distance to the schoolteacher andserves her a plate of peas.

INT. LOBBY. EVENING

There are faded couches, fraying armchairs, and coffeetables with new, plastic tops. The carpets arethreadbare, and the lighting in each area is either toodim or too bright. A concierge with a crooked nosesmokes a cigarette as he lingers behind his desk. He is

M. Jean.

(NOTE:
the staff of the hotel in both the relevant time-

periods wear similar versions of the same purple uniform-- while the public spaces reflect a cycle of “regimechanges”.)

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