In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.
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Set in the 1930s, the story takes place in an old-fashioned English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, Sir William McCordle (Sir Michael Gambon). Getting on in years, William has become a benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems that everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it?Written by
In the DVD commentary, Producer and Director Robert Altman stated he included the "f" word several times on purpose to get an R-rating because he didn't want kids to see this movie. He thought kids wouldn't like the movie, so he wanted to keep them out (especially fourteen-year-old boys). See more »
When the butler goes into the servants' quarters to tell Lord Williams' valet the police wants to talk to him, Mrs. Wilson's door is closed. In the next scene the door is opened. See more »
This Film should come with Warnings. Multi-Oscar Nominations and Critical Acclaim send Viewers to this with High Expectations. To be Honest, it is not a Movie for Everyone. It is a Niche of Sorts, like a Slasher Movie, or a David Lynch Film.
It should come as no Surprise because throughout Director Robert Altman's Long Career He never made Movies for the Mainstream, although some such as M*A*S*H (1970) and The Player (1992) did become Huge and Popular Successes. But the Anti-Hollywood Altman never made much of an Effort to be "Accepted" and was Proud to be "out-there-somewhere".
This is a Study of the English Caste System with its Hypocrisy and Arrogance on Full Display. The Movie's Movement comes from Acting, Dialog, and Snobs who are Stuffy, Stodgy, and Grandly Grotesque.
The Patriarch of the Gathering is one who has Made His Money from Sweatshops, all the while Impregnating the Female Workforce and sending the Unwanted Babies to Orphanages. His House, as were all such Houses, Gestapo Esque and the Non-Respect and No-Regard for the Servants was Legendary. These People, Altman seems to say, are so Despicable that Assassination is in Order.
The Film is a Layered Labyrinth of Characters and Corridors with Dry Humour and Impeccable Design, Masterfully Written, Directed, and Presented. You might want to do a Moticum of Research on this one before you Attempt, because it does Require Patience, and Curiosity of the Time-Space to be Entertaining. For those willing to give it a go, this is a Rewarding Retro-Style that Invites Multiple Viewings.
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