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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.
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…
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…
Superbly written and directed, incredible production design. I'm amazed at the detail and individuality of each character considering the vastness of the cast. Although for me the film before the murder was far superior to it after. Though I was constantly surprised, not concerning the whodunit mystery but with the bluntness and honesty of the treatment of the characters. Wonderfully acted, especially Kristin Scott Thomas.
Well directed and acted, Gosford Park runs a little long and a little dry, especially in the first hour and a half, but ultimately wraps up to an emotional and satisfying conclusion
Missed this on its release because, even though it's Altman it's still a British period piece about class and I had fatigue from the 1980s when EVERY film over here dealt with this subject.
It's quite easy to underestimate quite how good this film is if you just watch it as a murder-mystery genre piece or even as a mere study of the 1930s class system.
On a writing level, take a moment to take in the sheer size of the cast and appreciate the characterisation in place for so many of them- helped, obviously, by standard top-of-the-game acting by the mainly British cast. I'm not patriotic, but man we do acting better anyone else by a country (house) mile.…
Very fun exercise for Altman's democratic style, which is perfectly suited to an upstairs/downstairs narrative. I particularly liked Steven Fry's bumbling detective, a combination of Clouseau, Hulot and Lavardin... except English.
Not bad, but I'd prefer clue any day.
Some days however, you need something more than just fun all the time, some tears.
Funny moments are spruced throughout,
the crime and mystery itself only occurs in the middle, and from then on it really isn't much of interest, or mystery as to who did it.
The revelation of the motive behind it is quite a sad story.
Quite confusing in the beginning and middle, too many characters and names. Maybe that's just me?
Still, decent. But not worth a rewatch. Music ain't bad.
Who knew that this relatively small independent film would go on to inspire the worldwide phenomenon that is Downton Abbey. Nearly a decade after Gosford Park's release, the film's screenwriter Julian Fellowes would go on to create Downton Abbey which was originally planned as a spin-off of this film. Having never seen Downton Abbey myself, I do finally get a clearer picture as to what all the fuss is about after having finished Gosford Park. What Downton Abbey is lacking though, when compared to Gosford Park, is the skillful directorial touch of the legendary Robert Altman. Unfortunately for the cinematic world, Altman passed away 5 years after the release of this film. He would earn his 5th and final Academy…
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A pretty solid effort. Clive Owen is great and Kelly McDonald was cool, too. Altman’s style was perfect for the observational perspective taken. And that is this film's strength - seeing two very different classes mix in the one building. Don’t go in expecting a WHODUNNIT because the murder doesn't occur until the 77th minute of the 2 hour film.
Altman's ability to keep so many plates spinning is still stunning when you figure out how he's doing it (2.35:1 frame, several instances of deep focus, cutting from scene to scene with crazy pace, having mystery actually be a part of your film). Trades The Rules of the Game all-encompassing humanism for a more incisive indictment of the upper class, but thankfully avoids making every single rich or every single poor the same. Stephen Fry thinks he's in Much Ado About Nothing, but other than that the murder plot is perfectly integrated into the film, its conclusion very fitting even as it threatens to become reductive.
I do not want to learn from this movie about "British class system during the 1930s; sexual mores during the 1930s gay issues, or the decline of the British Empire and the peerage system"; I even would not like to put it in high-esteem just because it was one of last films by Robert Altman, and because of his seniority. I (merely) want to know, why are we victimized with this pathetic plot? It runs almost about 2hrs.17min. with nothing (believe me), nothing of 'hype' to raise our curiosity for the film.
Let's accolade this film category-wise. I was impressed with cinematography by Andrew Dunn, he uses perfect lightning to bring to life, the good old period of 1930's. It…
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