Color by Numbers: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s obsessive eye is always to our benefit.
Details matter, and they matter to director Wes Anderson perhaps more than most. For example, in his 2014 comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson used three distinct palettes to differentiate the traversals between the three time periods in which the movie is set. As the story progresses, the color story evolves, as well.
But the details don’t stop there! If you look even more closely, you’ll be rewarded as you discover that not only do the color palettes shift between the different time periods in the film, but the aspect ratios do, too! Remember, film is both an art and a technology, and these dual facets continue to inform each other. Notice how the picture shifts from 16:9 (modern widescreen) in the 1980s to the cinemascope animorphic standard of the late 1960s to the 4:3 heyday of the 1930s. Yes, it seems our Wes doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to the little things that add up to big impact.