[Quotes] The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by  Wes Anderson, from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, to whom Anderson wrote the film as a tribute.

Set at the fictional war-torn European country Zubrowka in the 1930s, The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of two people: Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a concierge, one of his employees, the lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) and the friendship they form as they team up for several misadventures while trying to prove Gustave’s innocence after he was framed for murder.

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Today, let’s review the classic quotes from the film.

M. Gustave: You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… 

Dimitri: [about M. Gustave] This criminal has plagued my family for nearly 20 years. He’s a ruthless adventurer and a con artist who preys on mentally feeble, sick old ladies! And he probably fucks them, too!

M. Gustave: I go to bed with all my friends.

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Pinky: Me and the boys talked it over. We think you’re a really straight fellow.

M. Gustave: Well, I’ve never been accused of that before, but I appreciate the sentiment.

 Mr. Moustafa: When the destiny of a great fortune is at stake, men’s greed spreads like a poison in t

he bloodstream. Uncles, nephews, cousins, in-laws of increasingly tenuous connection. The old woman’s distant relations had come foraging out of the woodwork.

Zero: Do you have an alibi?

M. Gustave: Of course, but she’s married to the Duke of Westphalia. I can’t allow her name to get mixed up in all this monkey business.

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Now, let’s have a review of the nice expressions from the quotes.

Dimitri: [about M. Gustave] This criminal has plagued my family for nearly 20 years.

1. plague: [N]. a disease that causes death and spreads quickly to a large number of people [V]. to cause pain or trouble to sb/sth over a period of time

  • The plague caused 100,000 deaths in London alone in the 1600s.
  • Financial problems are plaguing the company.

M. Gustave: Well, I’ve never been accused of that before, but I appreciate the sentiment.

2. accuse: to say that you believe someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something bad

  • The professor stands accused of (= has been accused of ) stealing his student’s ideas and publishing them.
  • She accused him of lying.

 

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Mr. Moustafa: When the destiny of a great fortune is at stake, men’s greed spreads like a poison in the bloodstream.

3. at stake: at risk; at issue or in question.

  • But your life is at stake too, I told him, because if you pursue this, your career is going to be ruined.
  • That puts their health or life at stake.

M. Gustave: Of course, but she’s married to the Duke of Westphalia. I can’t allow her name to get mixed up in all this monkey business.

4. monkey business: mischievous or deceitful behavior.

  • He told the boys to quit their monkey business, or he would call a teacher.

So much for today’s sharing! 

You’d better try to make sentences with the words and phrases, LOL!

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