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.
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…
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…
The best directed, superbly acted, stunningly scripted, intelligent, socially satirical and most beautifully shot cup of Earl Grey I've ever had.
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…
A carefully crafted murder mystery with great performances all round.
The tale is what it is, but the greatness in this film is how we know all characters. And I mean all. The depth of character development is so huge considering none really tell their story. Altman uses all his skills to unravel them, in the most delicate yet fullest of ways. Amazing.
Film # 2 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge
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The start of the film sets the tone. This is not an ordinary detective, but an analysis of the English society of the 1930s.
On a rainy day, made Mary and her lady Constance Trentham leave for a hunting weekend. The head of housekeeping, at the mansion they are visiting, is Mrs. Wilson. It’s soon clear that nobody is called by their name, but by the name of the people they are serving. The tone is set.
Meanwhile many different characters are introduced. Upstairs we meet actor and singer Ivor Novello and his movie producing American friend Morris Weissman; the casual Isobel…
a bit of a let-down, but that's mostly my own fault, due to mistaken presumptions and just general tiredness. i expected more mystery and less upper-class British snobbery, but as it is, the dialogue is well-written and the cinematography and design is brilliantly faithful. i just wasn't really engaged.
it's great fun. the pacing was pretty much perfect. Kelly Macdonald was breathtaking. i'd like to throw a Gosford Park theme party.
Stylish depiction of a 1930's rich people party, Gosford Park is, above all, a visual achievement. The beautiful cinematography by Andrew Dunn and perfect camera work by Robert Altman are the soul of the film. The film achieves excellence in every technical aspect, from lighting, to art direction, to costumes, to the great music.
Watched it once, and I found myself slightly amused.
Watched it again right afterwards, and I fell right in love.
The characters here are so richly defined in Julian Fellowes' script, even in the smallest of interactions with one another. Altman makes us feel like a fly on the wall at all times, eavesdropping patiently as more and more characters reveal their deceptions, their buffoonery, their shameful secrets, and their vulnerabilities.
To call this a whodunnit is to do it a disservice. The murder is far from one of the more important aspects to this film, and it doesn't come until we're far along into the story. The primary focus is on differences between the classes and the way that those of the aristocracy can so casually dismiss those that dutifully, silently keep things afloat.
Quick fire reviews to help me catch up: great character movie and Altman is the man. Can't wait to investigate more of his work.
Oscar winning picture for best original screenplay. Excuse me? This is supposed to be original? Originally boring perhaps. It's not witty, not clever. Actually, it's pretty useless.
Now I enjoy whodunnits. I've read dozens of Agatha Christie's novels, I love the setting of them, maybe in the more conventional, stereotype style mostly used in this genre, but there is absolutely no reason to strip off the suspense, the mystery or even a little bit of horror while making one. You got nothing interesting to look for left! They should have cut in the cast instead. There were simply too many people to be in it in the first place. I rather hoped (or expected) at least half of them were…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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