is a "short film
written and directed by "Wes Anderson
and released in 2007. Starring "Jason Schwartzman
and "Natalie Portman
as former lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel room, the 13-minute film acts as a "prologue
to Anderson's 2007 feature "The Darjeeling Limited
. It was shot on location in a Parisian hotel by a small crew and self-financed by Anderson, who initially intended it to be a stand-alone work. Its first showing was at the "Venice Film Festival
première of the feature film on September 2, 2007, and it made its own debut later that month at "Apple Stores
in four American cities. The day after its première, it was made available for free from the "iTunes Store
for one month, during which it was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Hotel Chevalier
became one of the most-discussed short films of the year, with much popular attention drawn in particular by Portman's extended "nude scene
. The film garnered near-universal critical acclaim from reviewers who compared it favorably with The Darjeeling Limited
and praised its richness, poignancy, and careful construction.
"Gabriel Urbain Fauré
(12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French "composer
, and "music teacher
of the "Romantic Music
era and genre. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his "Pavane
, and "nocturnes
for piano. Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his greatest works in his later years, in a "harmonically
much more complex style.
Fauré was born into a cultured but not particularly musical family. His talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to a music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was "Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. After graduating from the college in 1865, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. When he became successful in his middle age, holding the important posts of organist of the "Église de la Madeleine and director of the "Paris Conservatoire, he still lacked time for composing; he retreated to the countryside in the summer holidays to concentrate on composition. By his last years, Fauré was recognised in France as the leading French composer of his day. An unprecedented national musical tribute was held for him in Paris in 1922, headed by the president of the "French Republic. Outside France, Fauré's music took decades to become widely accepted, except in Britain, where he had many admirers during his lifetime.