Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
After a bunch of so-so and some downright crappy late 90s films, Altman proved with Gosford Park that he was still able to pull off complex, high quality cinema. It is a brilliant composition that maintains a constant flow from the first frame to the last, gliding in a continuous motion through the mansion and its surroundings, smoothly alternating between documenting crowds, smaller groups, couples and individuals.
It is also a distinct Altman product in the way it doesn't follow the traditional rules for a whodunnit. Normally after a murder is committed, the focus shifts from presenting the motives of the attendees to an investigation, but Altman being Altman, that never happens here. Instead the investigator is presented as a…
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…
For those of us born and bred at the hand of Agatha Christie's works, whodunnits in general and every other kind of detective fiction, there's not much mystery to Robert Altman's Gosford Park. It's simply to easy to see through for that to be the case.
However. There's a lot to be said about the more general drama and gossip of if all, as it portrays life in Britain in the early 1930s amongst both servants and the upper snobs. With a fantastic ensemble, Altman get to deliver a very unique and intriguing portrait of life at Gosford Park during a shooting party weekend. It's not enough to make this a great movie, but certainly more than enough to make…
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…
This is a long film, with a TON of characters. The fact that Altman, Balaban and Fellowes succeed in making them all seem different, not to mention make you remember (sort of) who they all are, including their backstories, is astonishing. And the cast they've assembled is nothing short of amazing in itself; everyone from Clive Owen and Maggie Smith to Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Stephen Fry, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Helen Mirren... You get the picture.
It's a very relaxed film, drippling out plot-points and set-ups while you're not neccesarily paying strict attention. The tons of plotlines pretty much come together towards the end, which in itself is quite a feat.
British people are British and you lose three hours.
Give me Gosford Park over Downton any day.
Altman did not succeed in rewriting the country-house murder mystery in the same way he did the western, the detective story, and so on, but the choice of a naive maid as the detective was inspired, and the depiction of mansions built on the bodies of poor women is strong stuff. Several fine performances, but even more actors were too good for their parts (most significantly, Jacobi).
Where no one cares. Too many
Characters for me.
A whodunnit with a touch of class.
I loved how I got so caught up in the genre elements of this mystery. Altman and Fellowes deftly set up the audience to expect nothing more than a whodunit, only to discover the extreme pain and secrecy behind an estranged mother and son.
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