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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.
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…
Great assemble cast with the likes of Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon. I particularly enjoyed Stephen Fry's performance as a bumbling police inspector and Ryan Phillippe's Scottish accent is very good indeed. The way director Robert Altman merges the two social classes together is very clever and well done. It would have been easy to have made this a messy affair but it is a very interesting and well crafted film.
"Tell us about the film you're going to make."
"Oh, sure. It's called, 'Charlie Chan In London.' It's a detective story."
"Set in London?"
"Well, not really. Most of it takes place at a shooting party in a country house. Sort of like this one, actually. Murder in the middle of the night, a lot of guests for the weekend, everyone's a suspect. You know, that sort of thing."
"How horrid. And who turns out to have done it?"
"Oh, I couldn't tell you that. It would spoil it for you."
"Oh, but none of us will see it."
Robert Altman really was one of the best directors ever. To take such a cast of characters, put…
Robert Altman’s career is often attributed to his propensity for small, subversive stories told with tremendous ensembles and a satirical bite: from Nashville‘s delve into the political and musical landscape of 1970s Tennessee, to Short Cuts' ambitious tale of interconnecting Los Angeles suburbanites. Some of his most noted (and his longest) projects have expertly dealt with this balancing act of interwoven stories and social parody, with each articulately converging into a satisfying end: Gosford Park – the class-divide-satire-come-murder-mystery – is no exception.
Full review at Big Face, Small Razor.
This is only the second time I've watched this film, but it easily ranks as one of my all-time favorites, simply because it's so damn enjoyable. It's not a Happy Film, by any means, but I honestly find it to be delightful nonetheless, simply because I want to marinate in every detail. At the end of the film, I wished for every single character to have had more time on-screen. I adored being dropped in the middle of a larger story, unraveling some of the details, and ending with the feeling like there is much more to be said that will just play itself out off-screen. This is a favorite, full-stop.
The cast was simply to die for here. I'm a fan of a lot of the actors who appear in this movie. I could go on about this for ages.
So much action advances the pitch-perfect recreation of 1932 English life and yet it's all a ruse to mask the more intimate strains of relationship drama beneath. This is where Gosford Park truly excels: the human hardship and sacrifice for love that's existed forever. For its characters the film is twenty-plus years in the making and in just over two hours it feels as though we've experienced them all.
I feel a little unqualified to write a review on this, even though I enjoyed it, because I only really understood about half of what any character was saying for most of the film (apparently I have trouble with British accents, and I learned nothing from my experience with The Witch earlier this year).
That said: excellent cinematography, wonderfully paced, and (even if I did call the twist about halfway through) a smart commentary embedded in the detective story. I recommend it to anyone with better speakers than I have.
I really hadn't seen this since it was released in 2001, but I'm glad I rewatched it. First, because it's a pretty damn fine film, and second, because I really missed some things back in the day.
Gosford Park tells the story of a murder that occurs in the middle of a dinner/hunting party among snobish British gentlemen and ladies, and the ensuing mystery. The thing is that the murder actually occurs about mid-point through the film, which lasts little over 2 hours, but you hardly notice because of the brisk pace at which it moves. It's amazing how a film like this moves at this pace, but Altman keeps everything on the move showing the logistics of how the…
I found it predictable.
Uno dei migliori film degli anni 2000.
Actors who are second or third generation famous.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…