Robert Altman is probably the most inconsistent filmmaker in Hollywood, having made several of the best and worst American films of the 20th century. With Gosford Park he manages to rein in his love of violence, sexism and violent sexism to produce what is perhaps the finest indictment of the English class system in cinematic history. Multiple storylines interweave during a weekend outing at an English country manor, with the servants downstairs and the lords and ladies upstairs crossing paths to gossip, berate and procreate. At some point someone is murdered, and several of the ladies' dresses need laundering. Whatever shall be done? Stop by your local cinny to find out, and enjoy the performances of Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Fry, Alan Bates, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Emily Watson and, well, just about every British actor who wasn't off playing a hobbit or wizard last year.
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Charles Dance and Alan Bates