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.
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.
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…
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…
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 has been 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…
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…
Featuring an extraordinary directorial work by Robert Altman, an excellent ensemble cast, a great cinematography, and an interesting premise that goes well beyond simply that, Gosford Park is a complex film that is both rich in details and emotionally involving.
This is a movie that requires several viewings and each one pays off. It's a period mystery drama, with some slight touches of dark humor, set in a large country house in England during the early 1930s with an incredibly large amount of characters, wealthy socialites and their servants, and each one was given at least one moment to shine.
The camera work was astonishing and the editing was simply flawless. The entire set of performers was brilliant but particularly outstanding were the acting efforts by Helen Mirren, Emily Watson, Maggie Smith, Kelly Macdonald, and Clive Owen.
Not quite an introduction to Robert Altman - I've seen 'The Gingerbread Man' (1998) before...but that's about it!
This is not my usual cup of tea - a lavish period piece set in early 1930's England.
That said it was ok.
True to form Altman hires a huge cast of stars - all of which you'd struggle to fit on the front cover!
I did struggle with the who's who aspect as the characters are so plentiful. That's not normally a problem for me - I rather think that the subject matter didn't keep my attention for long enough & I did at times drift into reverie, asking myself, "I wonder what 'The Player' is like!"
Like I said, it's ok. That's about it. I just didn't really care enough what happened at the end as I didn't relate to any of the characters.
Mighty fine fun, with Altman in fine form and a brilliant cast. I'd seen it before, but knowing Altman better now and getting the various references to Renoir's "La règle du jeu" made it more fun this time around.
Review at Next Projection.com
The sophisticated script of Gosford Park (2001) involves more than two dozen characters, each given the respect and screen-time deserving of a lead. Altman presents the viewer with a myriad of expressions, interactions, and gesticulations, many of which increase in significance retroactively. One disregards the initial interactions between Mrs. Wilson and Robert, William and Elsie, and Bertha and Jeremy, for example, until later coming to the realization that these initial interactions are packed with substance and foreshadowing. If one pays attention, one will notice that no moment is crafted in vain; every tiny expression captured on Altman’s slow-dolly camera is meant to elicit a piece of evidence. All have secretes, and all secrets are exposed to…
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