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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.
The best directed, superbly acted, stunningly scripted, intelligent, socially satirical and most beautifully shot cup of Earl Grey I've ever had.
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…
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…
If you don't feel your pulse racing after the opening 5 minutes, then it's not for you. Big name Altman ensemble in an Upstairs, Downstairs-Cluedo Christie-esque Big House murder-mystery, what's not to like? After the rush of opening character introductions, I was most certainly on cloud nine, kicking myself for waiting so long to see this.
Whilst the momentum of the film suffers an asthma attack in the second half, it was always more of a character drama than a who-dun-it anyway. The subtext of this film is incredibly rich as you would expect (everything from mid war attitudes to Brit/American and class differences to Ivor Novello to the various closet secrets, grievances and vicarious gossip induced by the worldly…
Working with what might be the finest ensemble cast I've encountered, Robert Altman once more manages to strike gold, creating a wickedly funny social satire with a relevance that never feels confined to the period setting as is the case with so many similar films. With the likes of Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Clive Owen, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Richard E. Grant, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson et al doing such stellar work, who should it be that steals the show but Mr Bob Balaban, somehow combining the nerdy type he plays in the Christopher Guest films with a more aggressive Hollywood producer role too (side note: he was Oscar nominated for producing this, about damn time). The laughs…
An excellent film featuring a staggering cast, that is as much about the social classes as it is about a murder mystery.
I love english humor and satire. This one does go on for a bit too long, and so many characters can get a bit confusing at times. Neverless, it's enjoyable, and you can't hate that cast. Almost every great english actor of the last 30 years is there.
I want to watch this again, because while I understood a lot of it, there was also the very real feeling of understanding none of it.
Julian Fellows' Downton Abbey is a period drama that plods along, with sprinklings of wit and gossip. This is an overlyong Downton Abbey, except it has an unnecessary murder, no mystery, and a great Fry cameo.
British period dramas are boring.
For now, I'd like to say this is an unsuccessful film. Some critics say this is a dense film that needs more than one viewing, and I could see that, especially with the sometimes hard to understand British accents. However I don't think that will save it from being either a pointless or failed film.
The dilemma comes with the benevolent entrance of one Stephen Fry at the middle of the film, who plays a bumbling, obliviously silly detective who tries to create some sort of farce of the film. If this was meant as a satiric turn, it did not work as it turned out to be only an intermission from the at times stodgy drama. If Altman meant…
I liked this more than I expected though I guess it couldn't have been that bad coming from Robert Altman. I had no idea this was sort of the basis for Downton Abbey so now I feel a stronger urge to start that series. Like most Altman films it's beautifully made and staggeringly casted, watch it if you like costume drama's or murder mysteries!
Lord, that's an all-star cast. They're just scattered all over the place. And they're not spotlighted, THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.
Bland. Goood characters, good acting, no story.
Funny and sharp. Altman and Fellowes really do go hand-in-hand.
Another far-reaching ensemble piece skillfully crafted by the great Robert Altman. It's a stuffy British period piece on the surface, but beneath lies a subculture of gossip and drama.
Think "Rules of the Game," "Upstairs/Downstairs" and "Murder on the Orient Express," but much more satirical and subversive.
It's a who's who of English character actors, converging on the "Downton Abbey"-ish world of 1930s Britain. The women are catty and the men all have angles. There is a rigid hierarchy undermined by underlings, many of whom are much more intelligent than their superiors.
It evolves from period piece to soapy satire to tongue-in-cheek murder mystery to weighty and and open-ended finale.
All the Altman techniques are present (wide shots that zoom…
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