Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori as hotel concierge M. Gustave and his lobby-boy confidante, Zero, in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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February 19, 2015 The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.
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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the film Philomena.
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February 8, 2014 Compared to his work on Zero Dark Thirty and the Harry Potter films, Alexandre Desplat's Oscar-nominated score is strikingly spare — yet the composer says it was one of the hardest he's ever written.
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July 18, 2011 Alexandre Desplat, composer for the last two 'Harry Potter' films, explains how Scriabin and Xenakis shaped his own work — and in what color he's cast Potter's last cinematic spell.
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