October 7th, 2007 | By | 5,235 Comments



We’ll admit, getting to see Natalie Portman’s bare ass, as perfect as it is, isn’t the only reason you should check out Wes Anderson’s new short Hotel Chevalier. But it’s a pretty damn good one. Serving as a mini prologue to the soon-to-be-released The Darjeeling Limited, the 13-minute short depicts an awkward lovers’ goodbye between Jack (Jason Schwartzman) and his ex (Portman). Filmed entirely in room 204 of a fictional Parisian hotel, the story gives viewers a sideways glance into Jack’s mindset prior to embarking on a spiritual journey through India with his brothers following their father’s death.Viewable for free at iTunes (we were featuring a clip borrowed from You Tube that has since been taking down by Fox Searchlight), it’s important to note that Portman’s birthday suit is a gift that can only be seen in Hotel. In fact, her character barely has any screen time in the feature film. Film-goers should also know that Hotel will most likely not be appearing with Darjeeling. For now, only select theaters or film festivals will be showing the two together. Which is A-OK with Anderson, who has explained in recent interviews that the pairing was originally unintended. A major supporter of short films, Hotel was initially going to be a stand-alone piece and was completed nearly a year before production began on Darjeeling. It wasn’t until later that Anderson realized Shwartzman’s character could easily fit into the full-length film which he had only began to conceptualize. Sound confusing? It is. But the Wall Street Journal does a great job of tiding everything up.

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