101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

The Austro-Hungarian Empire-infused Grand Budapest Hotel, winner of the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Original Screenplay, pays homage to both the interwar fiction of Stefan Zweig and the movies of the Marx Brothers. Far from needing no introduction, the characters all give off so much eccentric biography that introduction is what you want. There is Gustave H., the raffish, oh-so-dedicated concierge; his 84-year-old lover, the dowager Madame H.; Kovacs, her attorney; the “lobby boy” narrator Zero Moustafa. Etcetera. Hugo Guinness, Wes Anderson’s co-writer, is an artist whose work hung on the walls of the Tennenbaum’s home.