The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
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…
Since the beginning of this current decade we've seen a massive boost of popularity in British Television shows, well in the states at least. "Doctor Who" continues to build it's cult following and it seems as though every female millennial has an obsession with "Sherlock" and Benedict Cumberbatch. The most interesting example of this though has to be with "Downton Abbey," a product that is British through and through. The show was not only met with critical acclaim (winning multiple Emmys throughout it's run) but it has gained a lot of attention from the American masses. I'm slowly finding out each day that everyone's wife watches this show, but there are also many men too who enjoy it. Personally, the…
Clearly this must've had some hand in inspiring "Downton Abbey."
Never seen that, but if that is anything like this then it should be a fun time. It's a bit on the nose (the plot twist is heavily hinted at early on) and it's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, but it's still fun watching all of these upper class twits make fools of themselves.
There's a lot of humor to be had here. It's a pretty fun time. Not much else to say aside from that, it's a very good ensemble piece but not really a lot more than that.
I'd been meaning to watch this, but never really got around to actually doing it. Now that I have, I wonder why I waited so long. The film is great, the cast is amazing and the setting is beautiful. And Maggie Smith is in it, what more can you ask really?
Boring and uneventful. Even a murder mystery within the film couldn't help it from being such a chaotic slog.
I'm sad that so much of the film community seems to have no love for this impossibly rich, flawlessly written, beautifully shot gold mine of character and period detail. Like all Altman films, it demands to be viewed more than once; I've seen this over and over again and it seems fresh every time. The acting is generally spot-on, but the women, esp. KST, Dames Maggie and Helen, Emily Watson, and the heartbreakingly perfect unknown Claudie Blakely are standouts. A wonderfully decadent treat, and one of my favorites.
Khas Altman, yang disebut-sebut terpengaruh kuat The Rules of The Game. Bagian salah satu tamu memesan diet khusus kepada juru masak, itu paling terasa mencontek habis-habisan. But he did it so well.
If I remember correctly, I think my biggest fault with Gosford Park was that it had WAY too many characters which made it hard to follow and next to impossible to get full character development on all of them.
Altman does Agatha Christie as only Altman could.
Julian Fellowes wrote the original screenplay for this upstairs/downstairs British murder mystery, but the style and tone is pure Altman. Surely one of the best casts ever assembled for an Altman movie plays the assorted guests and servants staying at a country estate over a weekend, during which the unloved host is murdered. Fellowes tries valiantly to craft a carefully plotted, scripted mystery, taking great care to set up motives, but he's no match for Altman, who predictably couldn't care less about the actual murder mystery and is much more interested in the dynamics between these British aristocrats and the servant class.
"Gosford Park" is a blast, one of Altman's very best.…
Mirren, you break my heart.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Complete list. :-(