The best storytelling and moviemaking combine mythic scope with closely observed detail. The books of Chris Van Allsburg, for example, are enchanting for both adults and kids because their preposterous stories are told in such lushly illustrated detail. The author/illustrator came to mind while watching director Wes Anderson’s eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, bring his audience to a rapturous and childlike state. The serial adventure story is a delirious collection of eccentric characters and tropes from a long history of espionage war movies ostensibly based on the writings of Stefan Zweig, a prolific and ....
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The Cast of Characters