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Gosford Park - is it any good???

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Squirrel God, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. Squirrel God

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    Thinking of getting this. The synopsis sounds like the kind of thing I'd like, but the fact that it's a Robert Altman film is making me be cautious. :rolleyes:

    Anyone for "yay"[​IMG] or "nay"[​IMG]?

    Cheers:D
     
  2. mcmullanbrush

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    I bought this as I quite like Altman and I also like this sort of film.

    I am afraid to say I didnt enjoy it and sold it on to Samantha in the DVD trades forum.

    It just didnt appeal to me, I cant say why inparticular. It wasnt the worst film I have seen but I knew I would never want to watch it again.

    Why not PM Samantha and see if she liked it?

    Cheers

    David
     
  3. kevb

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    I rented it last weekend. We rather enjoyed it. The start is very slow but the final result makes up for the films flaws. There are a large number of characters many that are superfluous to the plot. This can make it difficult to workout who is who at times and why they are doing what they are doing. Maggie Smith is excellent her character really brings a smile to you face at times. All of the cast put in excellent performances. The film is very nicely shot but can be very dark at time especially in the scenes in the servant’s quarters.

    It has a very old fashioned feel to it like films of the 30's and 40's. Definately worth a rent but I don't know if I would buy it. It’s not the sort of film for me that I would watch again and again because of the plot and the way it is resolved at the end of the film.
     
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    I saw this at the cinema (the wife's choice) I really was not looking forward to it

    but.... i was pleasantly suprised it was very good

    it is slow in parts and i can imagine it would not be to everyones taste
     
  5. Bert Coules

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    I enjoyed it very much, but a friend who saw it thinking it was a conventional murder-mystery was not surprisingly rather disappointed.

    Did anyone else have difficulty hearing some of the dialogue, especially in the first half-hour or so?

    Bert
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    Yes the dialogue was hard to pick out in places. I'm not sure if some of it was intended. For example, there was a scene when the guest were on their way to dinner. One couple walked in to shot down the staircase their conversation was clearly audible, and then as the camera followed them, they then walked past another couple engaged in a conversation who the camera stayed with. The conversation of the first couple became less audible as they stopped and stood a few feet behind. You could still hear they were talking but could not quite make out what they were saying. Like if you were in the same situation in real life really. I found this quite common throughout the film.
     
  7. mcmullanbrush

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    I did Bert, maybe that contributed to its lack of appeal to me:confused:

    I assumed my ears were taking time to become accustomed to the accents and the speed of the dialogue.
     
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    I have to give it a thumbs up also, went to see it with parents not expecting anything, and not even really knowing what it was about and thoughroughly enjoyed it. If you can't make out what they're saying there's always the subtitles... :D
     
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    The sound effects and extras are pretty good though.

    I particularly enjoyed the helecopter attack scene near the end and I thought the alternate "machine gun killing spree" ending was very funny:D
     
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    Thanks for everyone comments, particularly Mac for giving away a little of the plot in the process with that last post ;) :p

    Sounds like one I'd best buy when the price drops. I would have been disappointed if it were just a conventional murder-mystery so I'm glad I was right to expect something different.... but I still can't shake that bad "Altman feeling", so I'm not gonna take a chance with it just yet. Thanks for helping me make up my mind. :)

    From what I read on www.amazon.com and www.imdb.com, everyone seems to complain about the audibility of the dialogue. The Americans also complained about not understanding the English accents :rolleyes:
     
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    What region please?
    My R2 didn't have these.
    Was this R4?
     
  12. Bert Coules

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    Squirrel, Altman is such a personal and distinctive film maker that if you've not cared for his style and approach in the past you're probably not going to like anything of his in the future.

    Have you seen A Wedding? That's quite similar in many ways to Gosford Park.

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    Very true. Thought this one might be different though as I read that some people who didn't usually like Altman liked this film.

    No, haven't seen it.
     
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    Yes, there was some great sub-woofer rumble on this movie.

    That scene where the butler farts - truly memorable floor wobble! :D
     
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    I rather liked GP, with all its quirks over social stratification and how it was (is) guarded by those that ironicly it suppresses.
    It is not exactly a brain trust that is needed to work out who did what, but the social/sexual interplay is amusing. Plus there is all the extras to meander upon; with the why's and why nots from how things were, by not only those involved in the making but actual people that were there in the day - educating if nothing else. Julian Fellowes is a rather amusing chap who I'd love to have a chat and a drink or two with.
    The bit with the deleted scenes commentary had me both agreeing and disagreeing over decisions in what felt interestingly informative.
    Personally though, I look for the day when White Mischief is released on dvd, as this is one of my favourite period pieces - and no not just for bits of nudity!
     
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    I think perhaps the 'problems' with audibility are due to the intentions of the director.

    Altman comments that the movie is seen from the perspective of the servants rahter than just the camera. That is why we only hear the guests chattering when there is a servant in the room.

    Regards
     
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    Watched it last night. Have to say I rather enjoyed it :)

    Didn't have any problems with hearing the dialogue - but then I was watching/listening with BBE dialogue enhancement...
     
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    Saw it at the cinema and found it really dull. My girlfriend enjoyed it though.

    I wasn't popular after pointing out that I'd had enough of 'period dramas'.
     
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    i thought it was excellent,not really typical altman film making,probably the most mainstream and accessable film he has made.
    i thought that there was alot of black humour in it, and didn`t find there were too many characters, i thought the characters were beautifully crafted and developed. the who done it element of the film was incidental really and not the point of the film. it was all about the characters and the period. very enjoyable.
     
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    ...I bought it, watched it, enjoyed it.
     
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    Have to agree with that. The fact that I'm not an Altman fan is what initially put me off this movie. Glad I bit the bullet though :)
     
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    The dialogue "effects" are a trademark Altman technique from M*A*S*H* onwards.
     
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    Really didn't notice them at all. All dialogue was very clear.
     
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    hello :D :p :)

    i'm thinking of buying the gosford park dvd (region 2 uk version) but it isn't clear on the websites whether it has subtitles.

    so does it ?

    thanx.

    :) :D :)
     
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    i liked it

    i did find it a bit hard to follow at the start knowing who was who
     

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