Budapest in American Pop Culture Today [VIDEOS]
Nicknamed the Heart of Europe and ranked as the 6th most popular city in Europe, Budapest has not been in the American spotlight until recently. Just over one year ago, The Grand Budapest Hotel, entered theaters in the United States. With an outstanding cast, and filled with the quirky humor film lovers have come to expect from Anderson.
It's funny, the film isn't even set in Budapest. It's set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, but it is the name of the hotel which could be seen as a central a character in the film. Known for his love of popular music, Anderson took a surprising turn with this film and primarily utilized an original score. For this he enlisted the talents of composer Alexandre Desplat who is known for his work on films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Harry Potter and the Deathly Halls Part 1&2, Argo and the King's Speech.
Anderson's risk paid off. Desplat took home the Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.
With the film's success recently at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, and the timing of George Ezra's release of his song, 'Budapest,' you might think the two are linked, but alas they are not. Ezra discussed his album and the song with FuseTV in October of last year describing the inspiration behind the song.
"A lot of the album that I’ve written and the EPs that I wrote came from a trip I took around Europe,” Ezra explained to Fuse TV. “You buy this train ticket and you can go anywhere in Europe for a month as long as it has a train station. I did it and I was just writing down everything I saw, people that I met, characters. When I got home I wrote songs from those stories. Budapest was the only city that I’d planned to visit that I didn’t make it to, so the song is kind of a list of things that I’d give up for somebody."
Ezra has been on a media blitz in the last week performing on the first episode of the Late Late Show with James Corden and most recently as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.