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Gosford Park [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Stephen Fry
  • Producers: Robert Altman
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Capitol Films
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633LV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Its raining and dark, welcome to England and the Aristocracy at its worst. What could be worse, wearing the wrong furs and satin for a shooting party, or the death of a colleague in his own stately home. Kristin Scott-Thomas depicts the air of tedium and superiority against the backdrop of activity that happens "below stairs" complete with its own surprising hierarchy and inverted snobbery. A delight to watch as if you are spying on the party, the plot thickens as those downstairs know more about the murder than maybe the upstairs would notice.... After all to them all the staff are invisible. Great performance by Dame Maggie Smith who is the poorest member of the rich set, together with a stalwart performance by Michael Gambon. Watch out for the subtlety of the rules below stairs and the double standards of the rich.
Great stuff for Sunday afternoons with a packet of hobnobs and a vat of tea.....
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A perfect DVD if you like your films dialog rich and musically evocative!

It needs to be watched several times before you pick up all the clues and nuances - then I watched it several times more in short succession.

One of the really lovely parts of the movie is the music and singing of Jeremy Northam as Ivor Novello! And the wonderful Maggie Smith as an impoverished Countess with some classic put down lines delivered in inimitable style!

Wonderfully evocative and everything I remember about growing up in post war Britain among the remnants of the prewar class structure is there. We all knew people who had been in service pre WWII (partly due to the depression) and there they are! There is the nouveau rich Lord hated by all and not all that far away from today's rich industrialist!

And Stephen Fry - bumbling detective seems out of place - but one suspects that is exactly how he would be in that company, in awe of the upper crust and held in ridicule by the servants for his naivety, the more you see it the more you find it not so out of place as you do at the first sitting!

If you like action thrillers, this is not it!

If you like dialog rich, subtle dilemmas this is certainly one!

10 out of 10!
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This movie is the quintessential English murder mystery plot, set in a very realistic and well presented period drama style. Although the plot was not brilliantly oringinal, bar the unusual twist on "the butler/maid did it", it is superbly carried out by some of the best actors ever to grace the screens. Even the young Ryan Phillipe (of Cruel Intentions fame), who infact plays a larger role than Stephen Fry, is spectacular.
There are one hundred and one different little plot twists that keep you thinking throughout the movie, and missing just the tiniest snippet can muddle you up. Luckily the movie is involving enough to keep you pinned to your seat.
The portrayal of the Upper/Middle/Lower class boundaries is exemplary and the awkwardness causes you to laugh, especially with the entrance of the middle class inspector; that quite obviously doesn't fit in either Above or Below stairs.
If you are to buy one DVD this month you should make it gosford park, you will watch it again and again and each time discover a little something new.
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The murder is the least important element of this movie. For me, the movie is all about style -- English upperclass, country house style with dollops of what it took below the stairs to keep everything running.

What makes the movie work for me are two things: that style is brought to life with quite a bit of wicked (but not malicious) humor; and second, some extremely good acting. These two elements are exemplified in the funny, mannered performance of Jeremy Northam as Ivor Novello, singing Novello's popular and ickily sentimental songs (although Her Mother Came, Too is still amusing). I can't think of a performance in the movie that wasn't first rate, including those by the two Americans, Bob Balaban and Ryan Phillippe. Well, maybe Stephen Fry.

Even the heavy-going plot lines, which could easily have sunk into melodrama, are rescued by the performances of Mirren, Atkins, Watson, Bates, etc. And the bit players also were outstanding. I especially liked the chubby young scullery helper. I just hope she didn't get pregnant...and that she always washed her hands before helping out with the carrots.

Altman, for me, has made so many movies of such varying quality that it's hard to figure out where to place him. I wouldn't put this one in the same league as McCabe and Mrs. Miller or Nashville, but I think it fits comfortably along side Cookie's Fortune, another film I like a lot.
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You WILL be disappointed if you're expecting a fast-moving plot (OK, any obvious plot) or lots of action. Or if you want to be spoonfed entertainment. But if you appreciate social commentary, scenery, history and faultless acting and don't mind divining the real story for yourself by piecing together bits of what seem more like backstory at first glance, you will enjoy this film. I agree it's often hard to hear what's being said; whether that's a by-product of the deliberately loose way Altman filmed it or a dodgy DVD I don't know, but I found I needed to watch/listen carefully several times through before I really heard and understood everything and began to appreciate the characters and the subtle humour. And I think it's worth doing so. But it is indeed hopeless as the sort of entertainment to watch with friends over a few drinks; it requires concentration and lacks the obvious story, action, suspense and neat ending that make for easy viewing.
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