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.
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…
I feel like I should give it at least a 4 since it's Altman, but it was boring. Strong performances, but slow moving and hard to keep track of everything going on.
Rewatched this on a lazy sunday. MAN is it good and holy crap, half of the downton abbey cast is in it...AS their respective downton characters. (ok, so....2)
Least Altmanesque Altman film. I'll still take it.
I was mourning Downton Abbey so this was a good choice for me as Maggie Smith practically plays the same character and I'd missed her one-liners. Even Spratt was in it!!!?? So yeah this was basically Downton Abbey which I should have guessed considering Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No one swivels a camera slower and more gently than Bob Altman. All tools at the film's disposal are marshaled toward this sublime, damn-near perfect spin on The Rules of the Game that gets funny at the end, but not the way Renoir's film does. Whereas the Frenchman chooses to focus on the complete breakdown of his character's social relations, the American clarifies the backstory just as the characters part ways. Paying some homage as well to Murder on the Orient Express, Gosford Park trades The Rules of the Game's accidental murder for an unusually "double" homicide, and anarchy for clarity. If Renoir's film becomes increasingly comedic, Altman's film becomes more melodramatic. Renoir's film was made at a moment of…
First 1/2 hour I was really disliking this film. Then after the first night fell, I started to warm to it. The gossiping, fucking each other (literally & figuratively, & cattiness became a great deal of fun. It's like ultra posh Jerry Springer. Too many amazing performances to name, the script sometimes tries to be too on the nose at times. The murder is a red herring folks
Really a dream cast.
Sort of boring when Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen or Micheal Gambon isnt on the screen though.
A beautiful Agatha-Christie-style movie with the classical killing from the butler, or almost ....
Interesting insight in the two-level society of the english countryside houses.
If I may say, too long the movie and too little time devoted to each actor, there are many of high caliber, indeed.
I wish Robert Altman could've directed every episode of Downton Abbey.
Complete list. :-(
I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…