Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: Grand Hotel, and A Star is Born.

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From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 6pm Saturday in NZ, 4pm in Sydney and 5am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies: Grand Hotel from 1934, and A Star is Born from 1937.
Grand Hotel is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum.
To date, it is the only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.
The film was remade as Weekend at the Waldorf in 1945, as Menschen im Hotel in 1959, and served as the basis for the 1989 Tony Award-winning stage musical Grand Hotel.
A movie musical remake, to take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel, directed by Norman Jewison, was considered in 1977, and again in 1981, but eventually fell through.
Grand Hotel has proven influential in the years since its original release. The line "I want to be alone", famously delivered by Greta Garbo, placed number 30 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes.
In 2007, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Directed by: Edmund Goulding.
Written by: William A. Drake. Based on: Grand Hotel 1930 play: by William A. Drake and Grand Hotel 1929 novel by : Vicki Baum.
Produced by: Irving Thalberg.
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, and Jean Hersholt.
Cinematography: William H. Daniels.
Edited by: Blanche Sewell.
Music by: William Axt, and Charles Maxwell.
Production company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Distributed by: Loew's, Inc.
Release dates: 12 April 1932 ( New York City, premiere), 29 April 1932 ( Los Angeles), and 11 September 1932 (US).
File Length: 112 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $750,000.
Box office: $2,594,000.
A Star Is Born is a 1937 American Technicolor romantic drama film produced by David O. Selznick, directed by William A. Wellman from a script by Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell, and starring Janet Gaynor (in her only Technicolor film) as an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Fredric March (in his Technicolor debut) as a fading movie star who helps launch her career.
The supporting cast features Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander,and Owen Moore.
The film has been remade three times: in 1954 (directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason), in 1976 (directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson), and in 2018 (starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed).
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Screenplay by: Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and Robert Carson.
Story by: William A. Wellman , and Robert Carson.
Produced by: David O. Selznick.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, and Fredric March.
Cinematography: W. Howard Greene.
Edited by: James E. Newcom, and Anson Stevenson (uncredited).
Music by: Max Steiner.
Colour process: Technicolor.
Production Company: Selznick International Pictures.
Distributed by: United Artists.
Release date: 20 April 1937 ( Grauman's Chinese Theatre).
File Length: 111 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $1.2 million.
Box office: $2.37 million (worldwide rentals).
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