So, if they held a huge red carpet event down the street from your hotel, you'd have to check it out, right?
That's how we came to be standing outside on a cold but clear night Thursday, watching a parade of Audi cars whisk film stars and dignitaries to opening night of Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.
Writer/director Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the opening-night act, with bellboys on the red carpet dressed in the movie's distinctive purple uniforms.
Red carpet events aren't made for spectators, they're there for the cameras. Happily, a giant screen was set up over the Berlinale Palast entrance for the first arrivals of festival officials and jury members were applauded by the crowds.
Given the chilly, 35-degree temperature, some of the women chose to skip the Hollywood gown glam. Those who did opt for plunging necklines or skimpy dresses supplemented their looks with jackets of varying degrees of elegance.
Few Americans might have recognized these folks, although jury members Greta Gerwig and Christoph Waltz got big cheers. The loudest applause was delivered, predictably, when some of the "Grand Budapest" stars arrived, including Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton (in what appeared to be an odd, but chic mens suit) and Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum.
Anderson staple Bill Murray stepped out of a car and made a show of sipping from a martini. Shortly before, there appeared a young man in the crowd, wearing a "Ghost Busters" outfit. Coincidence? We think not.
Murray has another red carpet event Saturday, the premiere of "Monuments Men." It stars Matt Damon and its director, George Clooney. The crowds at Berlinale can prepare for even bigger swoons.
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