GRAND HOTEL

(1932)
With Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     One of the first, and perhaps the most influential, of the all-star ensemble films, GRAND HOTEL works as high camp for today's audiences, even as its melodrama and farce seem creaky by today's standards.  The disparate cast of characters form six intertwining plot lines that all converge on the theft of Greta Garbo's jewels.  It's Garbo's "I vant to be alone" film; she delivers a classic over-the-top diva performance that makes Norma Desmond seem laid back.  DINNER AT EIGHT is the better film in this genre, but GRAND HOTEL is loads of fun as well. 4 - JL

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