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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…
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…
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…
Superb example of Altmans style. Many characters, lives intertwined, multilayered dialogue and roving camera. I am truly amazed at how he weaves together this story, revealing tidbits of character that will all tie in to the resolution.. dealing with this huge cast, moving the camera elegantly and inconspicuously throughout.. What ought to be a giant confusing mess is actually a beautifully edited, filmed, acted, and lit, story. Everything is completely, crystal clear.. Amazing cast.. spectacular.
Perfection made a film.
Evrything so essential and so double edged, so chock full of beauty and satire, the sneacky little camera following around candlelit tables and cloudy hunting excursions. Breackfast in bread. The Americans are so cool. Maggie Smith can't open the "thingy", an era ends and vengeance is plotted in the shadows of the lower floor.
Those impersonal zoom- ins, the spectacular performances, the twisty, twisty, brithishy snobishy white gloves on my lord feeling of the first half and then the producer talking on the phone when the cops shine in from the darknes to the first and only jazz. That moment is as good as cinema can get.
This movie was full of those moments. Loved it.
Solid period mystery. There are tons of characters which causes some confusion. This is not helped by the fact that the downstairs staff go by the names of their corresponding upstairs patron.
Written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. If you like that, you would probably like this.
Wife loves Downton, and said I had to watch this.. Figures after a bit of research Downton was basically suppose to be a spin off. Well made and entertaining
The people above the stairs, and the people below the stairs
In this drama, set back in the England of the '30s, a bunch of aristocrats are invited to a lavish country manor, for a classic hunting party. For GP's representation director Robert Altman was evidently inspired by 1939 Renoir classic ‘La Regle Du Jeu' (there's even a murder): the mansion layout, with its opulent rooms and matching vast basements underneath, visually highlights a subtext hinting at the class hierarchy custom of the period in question.
The screenplay, thus, winds up weaving together the stories making it: unfathomably, perhaps artificially, exposing liaisons between the guests and the household staff, even leading to break the class barrier itself; or liking the…
"If there's one thing I don't look for in a maid, it's discretion. Except with my own secrets, of course."
Very interesting. I was perpetually compelled instead of thrown off by the bajillion and one characters and subplots weaving together; everyone was interesting and most of them were terrible. An unconventional murder mystery with a touch of comedy of manners that's more Upstairs, Downstairs than Clue (but with enough lingering shots of countless bottles labeled POISON to keep the whodunit hounds happy) with a spiraling and carefully unfolding plot and a thread of social commentary laid out with humor. I would have spent even longer at Gosford Park than the movie's 137-minute runtime (although perhaps, if that were to be the case, broken into episodic chunks).
An enjoyable way to pass an evening, with plenty to think about but never…
Two stars for Maggie Smith and half a star for a few enjoyable moments among the entirely too long and too boring story.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…