Fun With Marchers To Different Drummers
September 24 Gosford Park (2001) 2 hrs 11 min. at Mary J Benson Branch
A weekend party begins at an English country house in the 1930s. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of the patriarch of the house and his money; how far will they go to get it? Stars Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Fry, Helen Mirren, and many more; see if you can spot them all.
Note: some dialogue is impossible to hear, a feature of Robert Altman films. The camera is always moving (if only slightly) in every shot, as requested by Altman. There is a servant present in every scene. The jewelry worn by the upstairs ladies in the movie was all authentic, and had to be escorted in by armed guards each day. Downton Abbey (2010), written and created by Julian Fellowes, was originally planned as a spin-off of this movie, but instead was developed as a stand-alone property inspired by the movie, set several decades earlier.