Film Friday: Gran Hotel


It's Film Friday! "What's Film Friday?" you ask. Well, I've posted a couple of other posts under this tag, but I haven't really kept up with it. That will change in my resolve to blog more. Before I ever started writing, I was obsessed with film. The drama, the costumes, the glamour, the sets — everything I've learned about  mise-en-scène, I've learned from studying film. So on Fridays, I'll share pretty screen caps and thoughts on my favorite films (and television). I will not be reviewing films on this blog. I think there are already far better people than I to tell you why a film is good or not. What you'll find here is what you find most days: general fangirling and gushing over things I like.

To kick-off this post series again, we're going to start by loosely interpreting the tag to include television because welcome to my blog, where the tags are made up and the points don't matter. Also, I just really need to tell someone about this show so I can stop driving my husband crazy talking about it. This show which has consumed my entire fangirl heart, is a Spanish drama called Gran Hotel (Grand Hotel) and I represent about one fifth of its entire English-speaking fandom.
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Gran Hotel Fandom party of one, your table is ready.
Set in an Edwardian Era Spanish hotel, the series follows Julio Olmedo in his quest to solve the murder of his sister while he impersonates both a waiter and a guest of the Gran Hotel. From there, the plot takes all sorts of twists and turns with a murderer on the loose, betrayal, poisonings, fake pregnancies, forbidden romance and so much more. I just binge-watched the first season and I will just say that Downton Abbey has nothing o n this show. I mean, a girl gets killed with a meat tenderizer! They just don't make television like this at the BBC! It has had me sitting on the edge of my seat on numerous occasions, and I seriously cannot express my love for all the mothers slapping their willful sons. Oh the drama! I can't get enough of this show and I don't even speak a lick of Spanish (I've actually picked up some phrases from the show like "Dónde está la carta!"). The gorgeous sets, stunning costumes, and carefully crafted shots are all just icing on this drama cake.
Then, on top of all the betrayal, backstabbing and murders (yes that's murders plural), there is the beautiful, simmering, slow-burn romance of Julio and Alicia Alarcón, the daughter of the hotel owner, Doña Teresa, and fiancé to the hotel 's devious manager whose solution to every problem is to have his manservant shoot someone. True it's a bit trope-y considering she's the hotel heiress and he's a waiter, but this is seriously everything I wanted but didn't get from the relationship between Downton's Sybil and Branson. Seriously guys, this is gonna be my OTP of the ages.

And since I am a fandom of one, I had to make a mix for this series considering I couldn't find any on 8-tracks that could fully indulge the feels I have for this show. So here you go! Here's a mix that I think embodies the glamour of Edwardian Spain and my love for Julio and Alicia.

 
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