Gosford Park - Collector's Edition
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The "below stairs" lives of the servants are also fully revealed, as they share living quarters, eat meals together, tend to the laundry and cooking, and gossip about their employers. The butler Jennings (Alan Bates) and the head housekeeper (Helen Mirren) run the household and try to guarantee that no real-world cares will intrude upon the lives of their employers. Since "upstairs" and "downstairs" occasionally meet very privately at night, secrets abound, many of them secrets of long standing. When Sir William is poisoned and stabbed ("Trust Sir William to be murdered twice"), nearly everyone has a motive for wanting him dead.
For director Robert Altman, the primary focus of the film is on the characters, their way of life, and their values, with the murder mystery secondary.Read more ›
This is a very underwhelming release of a best picture nominated film. It deserved better. I didn't know how many stars to give it, but I'll say 5 star film, 1 star picture quality, so I gave it 3 stars.
This is a film of seamless performances from every actor and underscores the strength of theatrical training in the British system over Hollywood's studio celebrity system. A little bit Agetha Christie, but not really, the story of a dismal weekend in the country is made all the better by Altman's direction, or ability to direct without interference in his actor's performances.
Stellar performances include Maggie Smith (Prime of Miss Jean Brody), delightful as the Countess without a pot to p*#s in, Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective), the victim of greedy in-laws and dog-haters, Jeremy Northam as Ivor Novello delivers blissful musical entertainment to guests and audience alike, Emily Watson (Metroland) demonstrates why she is one of the best young actors working today, and Helen Mirren and Clive Owen are mysterious players in the upstairs-downstairs dilemma. The depth of cast talent is akin to an archaeology dig, it just keeps getting better as time passes.
Gosford Park is a film that makes film watching a pleasure. In the hands of excellent players, a director who knows how to stage shots, and with a screen play that is both witty and informed, the audience can't loose. This is one of the best films of the year, it should be included in every film buff's library.
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The origins of Downton Abbey. I really enjoy this film so much more than the PBS series.Published 3 days ago by Crewzzer
Unfortunately the disc does not comply with Australian standards and we were not able to view the DVD. We were not aware that the disc was not compatible.Published 7 days ago by Pauline Roberts
What a drama and so much British hypocrisy! Loved it! Julian Fellowes and Robert Altman, one cannot ask for more. Better than Downton Abbey, you have to watch it.Published 16 days ago by Mena Bielow
Love, love, love this Altman. Nashville slipped to 2nd place after this one was releasedPublished 19 days ago by JA Lowcountry
An absorbing murder mystery in the Agatha Christie genre, it is rich in period detail, noir humor and you won't guess the murderer or the motives until you view it a second time... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Emma Peel
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