Watch Wes Anderon’s Hotel Chevalier Online Right Now!

Hotel Chevalier

You’ve heard us talk about Wes Anderson’s 13 minute short film Hotel Chevalier which stars Natalie Portman (in the buff, kinda) and Jason Schwartzman. And now you can watch it exclusively on Apple iTunes. Fret not, it’s completely free – just click this link, download and consume.

Hotel Chevalier is set in a hotel room in France and is a “brief coda to a doomed romance and the prologue to The Darjeeling Limited.” I read in an interview that Portman didn’t want to smoke in the short (which was part of the script) so they replaced the cigarette with a toothpick.

A few screen captures after the jump, including the much talked about “money shot”.

Update: The movie is now available on Google Video, check it out after the jump.

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Wes Anderon’s Hotel Chevalier on iTunes

Hotel Chevalier

Update: The short film is NOW available online.

We’ve talked at length about the 17-minute Wes Anderson short film Hotel Chevalier which supposedly features a nude Natalie Portman and (a non-nude) Jason Schartzman in a semi-prequel to The Darjeeling Limited. The short which is being shown at festival screenings of Darjeeling, won’t be attached to the theatrical release.

We just got word that the film will premiere to the public at four Apple Stores (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco) on Tuesday. So if you’re in any of those cities, you might want to head down to your local minimalist white and glass computer shop to see Anderson’s short film. But fear not lazy friends, the short will become available for free on the Apple iTunes movie store the next day, and will also be available on the eventual Darjeeling DVD release.

However, the LA Times is reporting that Anderson would like to add the Hotel Chevalier short to the theatrical showings after the first few weeks (the same type of stunt was done to Napoleon Dynamite).

‘We were unsure how this needed to be presented,’ he said. ‘We felt they should be connected and searched for how to do that. In the end, I liked the idea that one person could see it in one way, and another could see it in totally another way.’”

Update: full press release after the jumo.

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Hotel Chevalier

Update: The short film is NOW available online.

Yesterday we angrily reported that Wes Anderson’s 17-minute short film Hotel Chevalier starring Jason Schartzman and Natalie Portman will not be showing before The Darjeeling Limited after all. Many of you probably didn’t care (I mean Wes Anderson was so 5 years ago, right?). Well now you might. Timeout London is reporting that PortmanNatalie Portman appears in the nude:

This wistful and maudlin short story offers some background to the main attraction as Schwartzmann and Natalie Portman play a pair of estranged lovers who square up to each other in the sumptuous surroundings of a Parisian hotel room.

If there’s one element of ‘Hotel Chevalier’ that’s surprising for Anderson, it’s a strong sense of romance and sexuality: in one shot, Schwartzmann gently pulls off Portman’s clothes to reveal her naked body from behind, and a later shot has Portman, nude, standing still in a doorway, one foot up against the frame. It’s the sexiest thing that Anderson has ever done.

Who knows if this is true, the UK publications are usually not to be trusted 100%. And I’m sure we’ll probably learn later that it was a body double or something else. But even if it is true, it now appears we’ll have to wait for the DVD release to see the short film. Maybe if we all petition Fox Searchlight, they might find that fans want to see the prequel short attached to the main feature.

The short takes place in one room of a French hotel (Hotel Chevalier) and serves as “a short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.” Hotel Chevalier screened Out of competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival, and is also scheduled to make an appearance at the New York Film Festival.

Hotel Chevalier

Update: The short film is available online. Watch it NOW.

We’ve learned that Wes Anderson’s 13-minute short film Hotel Chevalier starring Jason Schartzman and Natalie Portman will not, according to trade reports and Jeff Wells, be showing before The Darjeeling Limited after all. Hotel Chevalier acts as a prequel to The Darjeeling Limited. The short was filmed way before Darjeeling started production, and Anderson is showing the short before Darjeeling film festival screenings. I guess the plan is to release the short on the internet and on the eventual DVD. I’ve heard the short is actually pretty well linked to the film’s main story, and I believe Fox Searchlight should seriously reconsider, and release the film nationwide with the movie (or at least in the major cities or something).

The short takes place in one room of a French hotel (Hotel Chevalier) and serves as “a short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.” Hotel Chevalier screened Out of competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival, and is also scheduled to make an appearance at the New York Film Festival.

And the first Darjeeling Limited reviews are starting to come in, and they don’t look good. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“The whimsical and insightful charm that Wes Anderson and his filmmaking pals have displayed in such films as “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” curdles ruinously in the Indian sun that shines so brightly in their smug and self-satisfied new film The Darjeeling Limited.”

“But when current affairs are in such a parlous state, it’s almost unforgivable to make a film about stupid American men traveling abroad with not the slightest awareness of or reference to anything that’s going on in the world. The film is overly pleased with itself, and the characters are way too self-absorbed. There’s never a man-eating tiger around when you need one.”

Ouch. For the record, I’m a big fan of Wes Anderson’s earlier work. Bottle Rocket is a great indie comedy, but Rushmore is his perfect film. Many people love The Royal Tenenbaums more, but to me it seemed like the beginning of Anderson’s movement of being quirky just to be quirky. And even then, I still very much enjoyed Tenenbaums and even The Life Aquatic. The Darjeeling Limited looks nothing like his earlier films, aside from the returning cast (Owen and Jason), the soundtrack, and choice of camera angles. Okay, may-be it isn’t far off – but at least the characters, at first glance, seem to be less quirky just to be quirky than his last two films. And I’m still excited to see this flick despite THR’s negative review.

photo credit: NataliePortman.com

Hotel Chevalier

Check out the first photo from Wes Anderson’s 12-minute short film, Hotel Chevalier. Click on the image to enlarge. Apparently the short film stars Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman, and acts as a prequel to The Darjeeling Limited. The short was filmed way before Darjeeling started production, and Anderson now plans to release the short attached to Darjeeling next month.

darjeelingthree.jpgThe short takes place in one room of a French hotel (Hotel Chevalier) and serves as “a short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.” Hotel Chevalier will screen Out of competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival. You may also notice that the yellow robe seen on Portman in the photo, can also be seen on Schwartzman’s character in Darjeeling Limited (seen right).

source: NataliePortman

Wes Anderson Short Film Stars Natalie Portman

Natalie PortmanLast Week we told you that Wes Anderson’s (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums) latest film The Darjeeling Limited would be accompanied by a 12-minute short called Hotel Chevalier, which apparently acts as a prequel to the main feature. I’ve since found out a little more information about Chevalier. Apparently the short film stars Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman. Portman also appears briefly in The Darjeeling Limited.

The short takes place in one room of a French hotel (Hotel Chevalier) and serves as “a short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.” Hotel Chevalier will screen Out of competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival.

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