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.
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…
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…
To καλύτερο καστ του κόσμου, τρομερές ερμηνείες, φοβερή σκηνοθεσία. Ήθελα να κλείσω την ταινία στα μισά.
Αλήθεια, υπάρχει και κόσμος που βλέπει το Downton Abbey; #thehorror
Eπίσης. Kelly MacDonald εκνευριστική στο Boardwalk Empire, τα ίδια και εδώ. Πώς τα καταφέρνει έτσι αυτό το κορίτσι. Χάνει μισό αστερι η ταινία εξαιτίας της.
Seems like something my mum would watch
Billy wilder Theatre
Ugh, let's try again later when both my room mates aren't texting me insane things
Altman's use of ensemble casts, multiple storylines, layered sound and complex scenes with multiple simultaneous stories is brilliantly realised in this subtly comedic mystery that builds a wonderfully complex story world. It is very British in tone, but also works in a couple of Americans in a way that gently mocks both cultures and nods to Altmans meta tendencies. His famous tricks are all in here, but handled so subtly that it seems like a genuine companion to his famous 70s films whilst also being a much more polished and watchable story.
Before Downton Abbey there was an intense and compelling film called Gosford Park...
Robert Altman truly was a brilliant filmmaker. Anyone that can make an entertaining costume drama is a genius.
I'd long put off seeing this and the arrival of Downton in the intervening years had pushed it even further down the pile but I ended up rather enjoying it and impressed by the way Altman handled the huge cast and the use of overlapping dialogue.
McCabe and Mrs Miller and, especially, The Long Goodbye are amongst my very favourite films but I've always been resistant to his late period movies even if they in fact attempt to undercut genre in much the same way. This didn't entirely convert me, possibly because it is still a country house movie featuring (a very fine) Maggie Smith and it does sometimes veer into Sunday night itv territory. But it's also a movie that wants to have a conversation with Renoir and features dialogue about Una Merkel and The Lodger.
Such the perfect Who Done It? tale. Clive Owen is handsome and charismatic. Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith- top of their game. Gorgeous Estate showing upstairs and downstairs life.......way before Downton Abbey...One complaint....muddled sound at times.
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