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Grand Hotel is a drama film about the life of Doctor Otternschlag, a veteran of World War I, while staying at the Grand Hotel in Berlin. The movie is directed by Edmund Goulding. Starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Joan Crawford. This film is preservated in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically signficant." This movie has been remade several times and is known as creating the genre referred to as "Grand Hotel theme" about a group of characters' lives overlapping in some way while being unaware of one another's existence.

Grand Hotel is credited with having one of the greatest quotes ever said in cinema history. Read it and more below.


Dr. Otternschlag: When a man's collar is an inch too big for him I know he's ill.
Preysing: Will you go away, please! You are annoying!
Flaemmchen: Mr. Preysing, please!
Otto Kringelein: You don't like to see me enjoying myself. When a man's working himself to death, that's what he's paid for. You don't care if a man can live on his wages or not.
Grusinskaya: I want to be alone. I think I have never been so tired in my life.
Baron Felix von Geigern: You know, I've often wondered what'd happen to that old porter if somebody jumped on him from here.
Flaemmchen: I'm sure I don't know. Why don't you try it and find out?
Dr. Otternschlag: Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.
Grusinskaya: Can you imagine a hundred girls in the ballet school, each thinking she would become the most famous dancer in all the world? I was ambitious then. We were drilled like little soldiers. No rest, no stopping. I was little, slim, but hard as a diamond. Then I became famous and - But why am I telling you all this? Last night, I didn't know you at all. Who are you, really?
Baron Felix von Geigern: What?
Grusinskaya: I don't even know your name.
Grusinskaya: Who are you?
Baron Felix von Geigern: Someone who could love you, that's all. Someone who's forgotten everything else but you.
Grusinskaya: You could love me?
Baron Felix von Geigern: I've never seen anything in my life as beautiful as you are.
Dr. Otternschlag: Believe me, Mr. Kringelein, a man who is not with a woman is a dead man.
Preysing: I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know.
Flaemmchen: You know I always say that nothing should be left hanging over. And names are like that. Suppose I met you next year and said, 'How do you do Mr. Preysing?' And you said, 'That's the young lady who was my secretary in Manchester.' That's all quite propper. But supposing I saw you and yelled 'Hi baby. Remember Manchester.'
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