Gos­ford Park

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

Fri­day, 9gem, 8.30pm, M (2001)

Up­stairs, Down­stairs-type tale mas­querad­ing as a dap­per mur­der mys­tery, from the late, great Robert Alt­man. A jolly good week­end shoot­ing party at an English man­sion in 1932 brings to­gether an army of Brits (in­clud­ing Mag­gie Smith, Michael Gam­bon and Helen Mir­ren, pic­tured) and a cou­ple of Yanks (Ryan Phillippe, Bob Bal­a­ban). In a piv­otal role, Kelly Mac­don­ald (No Coun­try For Old Men )is the cheru­bic maid wit­ness to the hu­mil­ity and grand pom­pos­ity that di­vides the classes. Alt­man’s craftily edited plot ex­po­si­tions and trade­mark nat­u­ral­is­tic ap­proach to dia­logue are as mas­ter­ful as ever and a re­minder of how de­served his 2006 hon­orary Os­car really was.

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