I’ll see your Downton Abbey movie trailer, and raise you one Gosford Park.
Remember 2001’s Gosford Park? It popped up on my Netflix recommendations recently, the perfect excuse to sit down with some garter stitch and re-watch it. The screenplay is by Julian Fellowes, who later wrote Downton Abbey for PBS. The director: Robert Altman. The cast: everybody wonderful, including Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Emily Watson, Clive Owen, Richard E. Grant, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The acerbic, snobby aunt, who should be played by Maggie Smith, is played by Maggie Smith.
I remember it mainly for Helen Mirren, and as a fleeting escape from the aftermath of 9/11. For a good description of the film, set in 1932 at a shooting weekend on an English estate (which does sound familiar), here’s the New York Times review.
Gosford Park is streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and the DVD is in libraries and probably on the shelves of many of our readers. It’s time for a re-watch!
Also: somebody gets murdered!