The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of my favourite films of last year, possibly even my favourite yet from American director Wes Anderson, and at least some of that is down to the incredible production design and the aspect ratio quirks which help to set it apart from other movies. Also Ralph Fiennes is simply hilarious, that doesn't hurt either.
Now you can hear what director Wes Anderson was thinking when it came to the colours of the film and those aspect ratios in a Q&A with Deadline Hollywood. Here it is.
Firstly, I love how Anderson gives at least the impression of not knowing a whole lot about the specific aspect ratios. It seems like he just had a vision for these different parts of the film in his head and went for it, the actual technical jargon just isn't that important to him at this stage. And he's also not that interested in taking a political look at things - this is just how the film was supposed to look.
Time to watch Grand Budapest again.