Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gosford Park - R. Altman 2001

Before hatching 'Downton Abbey', Julian Fellowes sharpened his teeth penning this terribly elegant whodunit, set, no doubt, in some neighbouring mansion in the 1930s.
It's almost uncanny how this otherwise classic Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery now merely feels like a DT-prequel!

Choice actors! The list ranges from Derek Jacobi, via Kristin Scott Thomas and a devilishly handsome Clive Owen to the inescapable Maggie Smith.

Somehow, though (Strangely, it is not one of Robert Altman's better films) it lacks the soul and humanity that make 'Downton Abbey' so endearing.

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