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The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

Starring Role: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This Sir Norman Foster-redesigned Zurich property was featured in the acclaimed U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig. The American version of this successful book dramatisation  featured The Dolder Grand in its climatic scenes when the  main character, Lisbeth,travels to Zurich to conduct some secret financial transactions. In October 2011, director Fincher arrived in Zurich to scout locations for these scenes, and chose The Dolder Grand; he then visited again with a larger team to discuss logistics for the shoot. The actual filming took place over two days in December 2010, with a crew of 60 and about 40 extras. Featured areas including the façade and driveway, the reception, a guest floor corridor, and the Masina Suite, which had to be transformed for the filming, with the living room sofa and pool table taken out to make room for a bed. (As the hotel is non-smoking, the shots of Lisbeth puffing in her suite were added digitally in post-production.) For part of the shoot, the whole lobby and reception area had to be blocked off - but thanks to the organization and professionalism of the crew, most guests did not even notice that a major U.S. movie was being made. In addition to showcasing these areas of the hotel, the movie mentions the hotel by name and features several staff members, too. In one scene, the receptionist (played by real-life Dolder receptionist, Vanessa Kellerhals) says," Welcome to The Dolder Grand", when Lisbeth checks in. Hotel departments like housekeeping and engineering were also involved in helping the shoot run smoothly.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
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