Hotel (2001 film)

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Directed by Mike Figgis
Produced by Andrea Calderwood
Mike Figgis
Annie Stewart
Lesley Stewart
Ernst Etchie Stroh
Written by Mike Figgis
Heathcote Williams
Starring Lucy Liu
John Malkovich
David Schwimmer
Music by Mike Figgis
Anthony Marinelli
Cinematography Patrick Alexander Stewart
Moonstone Entertainment
Channel 4
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
Release date
12 September 2001 (2001-09-12)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Italy
United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $29,813[1]

Hotel is a 2001 experimental British-Italian comedy thriller film directed by Mike Figgis.


While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are being filmed by a sleazy documentary primadonna while the strange hotel staff share meals which consist of human meat. The story expands to involve a hit man, a call girl and the Hollywood producer.[2]

The film itself makes several mentions of the Dogme 95 style of filmmaking, and has been described as a "Dogme film-within-a-film."[3][4]


The film was not a financial success and received mixed reviews. Roger Ebert noted this and pointed out the complex nature of the film:

"Many critics have agreed that "Hotel" is not successful, but I would ask: Not successful at what? Before you conclude that a movie doesn't work, you have to determine what it intends to do. This is not a horror movie, a behind-the-scenes movie, a sexual intrigue or a travelogue, but all four at once, elbowing one another for screen time. It reminds me above all of a competitive series of jazz improvisations, in which the musicians quote from many sources and the joy comes in the way they're able to keep their many styles alive in the same song.... The movie has to be pointless in order to make any sense."[4]



  1. ^ Boxoffice Mojo
  2. ^ "Hotel (2001) at IMDB". 
  3. ^ Brook, Tom (6 April 2002), Figgis unlocks Hotel's secrets, BBC News, retrieved 2014-02-01 
  4. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (26 Sep 2003), Hotel, Roger Ebert, retrieved 2014-02-03 

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