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Tea at four. Dinner at eight. Murder at midnight.
Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.
An odd murder mystery for the reason that the murder takes place with less than an hour of the 137 minutes runtime left, probably because everything preceding it - the unnerving build-up in and around the English mansion, inhabited for a weekend by a bunch of high-ups and their servants - is already capable of carrying the film. Director Robert Altman spends meticulous care on arranging the opening scenes so as to introduce each of the many characters and to leave none of them without personality traits that distinguishes them from the bunch. It is thoroughly enjoyable in itself to see those Brits intermingle, clash and act superciliously and, although the actors do not attempt to portray realistic characters, the…
Robert Altman's 2001 murder mystery is a period piece set in England between the two world wars. It was a time of pretentious aristocracy and the perfect vehicle for a study of class-ism, as guests gather for pheasant shooting at the Gosford Park country estate of McCordle family patriarch, William, played with wonderfully arrogant conceit by Michael Gambon. It takes nearly a full hour to set the stage and clearly identify the key characters of the 35-member ensemble, who include Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Charles Dance, Emily Watson, Alan Bates, Clive Owen, Kristin Scott Thomas and a host of other talented actors ... a truly fine cast.
What keeps our attention till the murder occurs is the skillful unveiling of…
The best directed, superbly acted, stunningly scripted, intelligent, socially satirical and most beautifully shot cup of Earl Grey I've ever had.
Colonel Mustard. With the teaspoon. In an ever-so-dapper and well-acted costume drama. Positively engrossing!
Besides creating a great dark comedy in Gosford Park, Robert Altman and Julian Fellowes created a chronicle of costumes which they used to criticize the futile, snob, frivolous, adulterous and provincial personalities from the early 30s. This one is, undoubtedly, a great movie filled with substance and criticism, and I'd absolutely recommend this to the lovers of Renoir's The Rules of the Game.
At the beginning it looks like that Robert Altman’s Gosford Park is a mixture of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and some of Agatha Christie’s novels. It is set in a countryside noble house with footmen, servants, loyal butlers and we spend some important time with people “below stairs” as the movie goes on, it chooses an innocent young hand maid to tell its story and that very hand maid is the one who finally gets to the bottom of the mystery. Here servants are as important as Lords and Ladies and one can argue that they are the main characters. And like Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile we…
Altman firing on all cylinders. Intelligent and funny satire with a really terrific script and stellar performances from the whole cast especially Maggie Smith as proto Lady Grantham and Stephen Fry as the hilariously inept detective investigating the murder of Dumbledore.
Estupenda en interpretación y ambientación.
Altman's direction is at its most effective, allowing actors to fully explore their characters by themselves, bringing life to Julian Fellowes' wonderful, if a bit uneven script. There are four excellent performances in this great ensemble: Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates. And finally, the music by Patrick Doyle is superb.
One of my favourite films of all time.
One of my favorite films for a rainy afternoon-- the huge Great House full of imperialist relics and surrounded by green parks, the class warfare, the hats, the tea, the conundrum of where the fish fork goes... and that's all without even discussing the incredibly performances.
This is English class deconstruction at its finest in the face of the modern age, and I love it to bits.
Fans of Downton Abbey need to see Julian Fellowes' original vision of class warfare.
Altman creates a drawing room mystery where the mystery is sidelined in favour of a detailed examination of the social relations between the dying British aristocracy in the 1930s and their servants. A huge talented ensemble cast depicts the complex social arrangements and logistics in operation in a country house during a weekend hunting party. Someone is murdered, the police come and the murder is solved (not by the police though). This is all secondary. Among the best of Altman's genre deconstructions.
A carefully crafted murder mystery with great performances all round.
The tale is what it is, but the greatness in this film is how we know all characters. And I mean all. The depth of character development is so huge considering none really tell their story. Altman uses all his skills to unravel them, in the most delicate yet fullest of ways. Amazing.
Film # 2 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge
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The start of the film sets the tone. This is not an ordinary detective, but an analysis of the English society of the 1930s.
On a rainy day, made Mary and her lady Constance Trentham leave for a hunting weekend. The head of housekeeping, at the mansion they are visiting, is Mrs. Wilson. It’s soon clear that nobody is called by their name, but by the name of the people they are serving. The tone is set.
Meanwhile many different characters are introduced. Upstairs we meet actor and singer Ivor Novello and his movie producing American friend Morris Weissman; the casual Isobel…
a bit of a let-down, but that's mostly my own fault, due to mistaken presumptions and just general tiredness. i expected more mystery and less upper-class British snobbery, but as it is, the dialogue is well-written and the cinematography and design is brilliantly faithful. i just wasn't really engaged.
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