History Film / GosfordPark

5th Feb '16 6:20:12 AM lafeeverte
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More than just a basic murder mystery story, ''Gosford Park'' focuses more on the servants (so much so, there's one in literally every scene) and the division between both ends of the British class system than the rich murdered guy and his rich "friends". The whodunnit plot is used as a device to examine the characters and their relationships with one another, and as a reason for the film to come to an end.
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More than just a basic murder mystery story, ''Gosford Park'' focuses more on the servants (so ([[spoiler: so much so, there's one in literally every scene) scene]]) and the division between both ends of the British class system than the rich murdered guy and his rich "friends". The whodunnit plot is used as a device to examine the characters and their relationships with one another, and as a reason for the film to come to an end.

* AmbiguouslyBi: Henry Denton, who sleeps with [[RichBitch Lady Sylvia]], try to seduce [[TheIngenue Mary]] and [[spoiler: it's implied he has a relationship with Mr. Weissman]] * AmbiguouslyGay: [[spoiler: It's implied that Mr. Weissman has a relationship with Henry Denton.]] * AristocratsAreEvil: Most of the aristocracts come off as selfish and arrogant.
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* AmbiguouslyBi: Henry Denton, who sleeps with [[RichBitch Lady Sylvia]], try tries to seduce [[TheIngenue Mary]] and [[spoiler: it's implied he has a relationship with Mr. Mr Weissman]] * AmbiguouslyGay: [[spoiler: It's implied that Mr. Mr Weissman has a relationship with Henry Denton.]] * AristocratsAreEvil: Most of the aristocracts aristocrats come off as selfish and arrogant.

* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Parks to Mary.]] and Colonel Meredith to his wife. * BitchAlert: Lady Sylvia and the Countess of Trentham * {{Blackmail}}: Mr. Nesbitt blackmails Isobel by [[spoiler:threatening to tell her parents that Freddie Nesbitt made her pregnant, and that she subsequently had an abortion.]]
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* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Parks to Mary.]] Mary]] and Colonel Meredith to his wife. * BitchAlert: Lady Sylvia and the Countess of Trentham Trentham. * {{Blackmail}}: Mr. Mr Nesbitt blackmails Isobel by [[spoiler:threatening to tell her parents that Freddie Nesbitt he made her pregnant, and that she subsequently had an abortion.]]

** Mabel Nesbitt, who comes from working class backgrounds and now no longer has any money. Constance makes a point to make fun of the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.
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** Mabel Nesbitt, who comes from a working class backgrounds background and now no longer has any money. Constance makes a point to make fun of the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.

* TheCasanova: Sir William [[spoiler:courted female workers of his factory, often getting them pregnant and then forcing them to either give up their baby to keep their job or to let them keep the baby and then fire the woman. Although its debatable how consensual some of those dalliances were]].
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* TheCasanova: Sir William [[spoiler:courted [[spoiler:slept with female workers of his factory, often getting them pregnant and then forcing them to either give up their baby to keep their job or to let them keep the baby and then fire the woman. Although its debatable how consensual some of those dalliances were]].

* ChekhovsGun: There's plenty of talk about a knife going missing from the drawer, and there's likewise a lingering shot of poison in the kitchen.
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* ChekhovsGun: There's plenty of talk about a knife going missing from the drawer, and there's likewise a several lingering shot shots of poison in the kitchen.poison.

* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: Mrs Wilson poisoned Sir William's coffee but, when he knocked the cup to the floor and asked for a different drink, Mrs Wilson had brought the poison with her and was able to use it]]. * CreepyHousekeeper: Mrs. Wilson. Robert Altman mentions on the commentary that the only direction he gave to Helen Mirren was to think about Mrs Danvers from Film/Rebecca. Mrs Danvers served as the inspiration for the fact that Mirren often just suddenly appears in the frame. * ContrivedClumsiness: After a man posing as a servant reveals himself to be an actor and moves from "below stairs" to "above stairs". To punish him for his deception, the butler spills hot coffee in his lap. He immediately accuses the servant of doing it on purpose, but it's futile at that point. His fellow servants quickly hide their smiles, and the aristocrats think it's pretty funny, too. * CulturalStereotypes: The wealthy. Specifically, the ''titled'' wealthy; all but a handful of the Upstairs characters are absolutely awful people and dicks of the highest order (and those Upstairs characters who are more likable tend to also be of 'lower' station). That said, the Downstairs characters aren't exactly pure as driven snow, but we're clearly encouraged to sympathise with them a bit more. * DangerousDeserter: Completely averted with Jennings, who lives with shame because of it. When Dexter eventually finds out, he doesn't rub it in his face and tries to comfort him with something along the lines of "not everyone was born to fight a war". * DeadpanSnarker: Lady Constance. Also Mrs. Wilson.
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* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: Mrs Wilson poisoned Sir William's coffee but, when he knocked the cup to the floor and asked for a different drink, Mrs Wilson she had brought the poison with her and was able to use it]]. * CreepyHousekeeper: Mrs. Mrs Wilson. Robert Altman mentions on the commentary that the only direction he gave to Helen Mirren was to think about Mrs Danvers from Film/Rebecca. Mrs Danvers served as the inspiration for the fact that Mirren often just suddenly appears in the frame. * ContrivedClumsiness: After a man posing as a servant reveals himself to be an actor and moves from "below stairs" to "above stairs". To punish him for his deception, the butler a footman spills hot coffee in his lap. He immediately accuses the servant of doing it on purpose, but it's futile at that point. His fellow servants quickly hide their smiles, and the aristocrats think it's pretty funny, too. * CulturalStereotypes: The wealthy. Specifically, the ''titled'' wealthy; all but a handful of the Upstairs characters are absolutely awful people and dicks of the highest order (and those Upstairs characters who are more likable likeable tend to also be of 'lower' station). That said, the Downstairs characters aren't exactly pure as driven snow, but we're clearly encouraged to sympathise with them a bit more. * DangerousDeserter: Completely averted with Jennings, who lives with shame because of it. When Dexter eventually finds out, he doesn't rub it in his face and tries to comfort him with something along the lines of "not everyone was born to fight a war". it. * DeadpanSnarker: Lady Constance. Also Mrs. Mrs Wilson.

* TheGrandHunt: There's a hunt planned as part of the country-house festivities. The women join a special outdoor lunch after the shooting, and the American film producer (who is also a vegetarian) is clearly the odd man out.
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* TheGrandHunt: There's a hunt planned as part of the country-house country house festivities. The women join a special an outdoor lunch after the shooting, and the American film producer (who is also a vegetarian) is clearly the odd man out.

* HiddenDepths: Constance Trentham has one brief moment where she expresses her dislike of fox hunting. She sounds so weary and tired at this stage. * HistoricalDomainCharacter: Ivor Novello was an accomplished and much-loved movie star and songwriter in his time. The songs the character performs during the film are some of his most famous, although the real Novello reportly considered his own voice very poor. As the film implies, he was homosexual.
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* HiddenDepths: Constance Trentham has one brief moment where she expresses her dislike of fox hunting. She sounds so weary and tired at this stage. * HistoricalDomainCharacter: Ivor Novello was an accomplished and much-loved movie star and songwriter in his time. The songs the character performs during the film are some of his most famous, although the real Novello reportly reportedly considered his own voice very poor. As the film implies, he was homosexual.

** The Honourable Freddie Nesbitt married his wife, Mabel, who was the daughter of a glove manufacturer. Their marriage isn't happy.
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** The Honourable Freddie Nesbitt married his wife, Mabel, who was the daughter of a glove manufacturer. Their marriage isn't happy.

* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A variation. The downstairs staff are referred to by their master and mistresses's names. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Why Mary realizes that there's something off with [[spoiler: Denton.]] Also during his second night with Lady Sylvia.
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A variation. The visiting downstairs staff are referred to by their master and mistresses's names. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Why Mary realizes realises that there's something off with [[spoiler: Denton.]] Also during his second night with Lady Sylvia.

* PetTheDog: The Countess of Trentham is revealed to have a softer side in her last line of the film
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* PetTheDog: The Countess of Trentham is revealed to have a softer side in her last line of the filmfilm.

** "Take/Move that filthy/vile dog/animal out of here." People from Upstairs and Downstairs really don't like Pip. Except William...and Elsie.
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** "Take/Move that filthy/vile dog/animal out of here." People from Upstairs and Downstairs really don't like Pip. Except William...William, Robert and Elsie.

* SweetAndSourGrapes: [[spoiler: Elsie gets to tell Lady Syliva off but ends up dismissed as a result. However the Americans offer to take her with them, implying she'll become an actress in Hollywood]].
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* SweetAndSourGrapes: [[spoiler: Elsie gets to tell Lady Syliva Sylvia off but ends up dismissed as a result. However the Americans offer to take give her with them, a lift to London, implying she'll become an actress in Hollywood]].
22nd Jan '16 4:13:08 PM nombretomado
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2001 film directed by Creator/RobertAltman, set in a large country house in 1930s Britain. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, which includes Alan Bates, StephenFry, Michael Gambon, Creator/RichardEGrant, Derek Jacobi, HelenMirren, Creator/CliveOwen, Maggie Smith and EmilyWatson.
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2001 film directed by Creator/RobertAltman, set in a large country house in 1930s Britain. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, which includes Alan Bates, StephenFry, Creator/StephenFry, Michael Gambon, Creator/RichardEGrant, Derek Jacobi, HelenMirren, Creator/HelenMirren, Creator/CliveOwen, Maggie Smith and EmilyWatson. Creator/EmilyWatson.
6th Jan '16 4:19:09 PM fearlessnikki
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* AllForNothing: A subplot concerns Mary being instructed to clean a soiled shirt that Lady Constance wants to wear the following day. Mary goes to a ''huge'' amount of trouble to get it done in time, and is attacked by a fellow member of staff along the way, only for Constance to decide not to wear the shirt after all. ** What makes this more poignant and futile is that Constance didn't do any it out of meanness; in fact she's actually surprisingly friendly with her in other scenes. She just has no idea the lengths of effort it would take Mary to clean her shirt. * AllStarCast. Definitely.
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* AllForNothing: A subplot concerns Mary being instructed to clean a soiled shirt that Lady Constance wants to wear the following day. Mary goes to a ''huge'' amount of trouble to get it done in time, and is attacked by a fellow member of staff along the way, only for Constance to decide not to wear the shirt after all. \n** What makes this more poignant and futile is that Constance didn't do any it out of meanness; in fact she's actually surprisingly friendly with her in other scenes. She just has no idea the lengths of effort it would take Mary to clean her shirt. * AllStarCast. Definitely.shirt.

* TheButlerDidIt: Invoked and Averted. [[spoiler:A valet ''did'' stab Sir William, but his mother figured it out and poisoned Sir William ahead of time. There's no law against stabbing a corpse]]. * ButtMonkey: Mabel Nesbitt, who comes from working class backgrounds and now no longer has any money. Constance makes a point to make fun of the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.
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* TheButlerDidIt: Invoked and Averted. [[spoiler:A valet ''did'' stab Sir William, but his mother figured it out and poisoned Sir William ahead of time. There's no law against stabbing a corpse]]. corpse]]. Mr Weissman is heard discussing this trope over the phone. He argues that a valet is a better suspect, because there's only one butler - but a valet would have more access. * ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey: ** Mabel Nesbitt, who comes from working class backgrounds and now no longer has any money. Constance makes a point to make fun of the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.

* TheButlerDidIt: Invoked TheCharmer: Henry Denton, successfully with Lady Sylvia. Unsuccessfully with Elsie and Averted. [[spoiler:A valet ''did'' stab Sir William, but his mother figured it out and poisoned Sir William ahead of time. Mary. * ChekhovsGun: There's no law against stabbing plenty of talk about a corpse]]. * ButtMonkey: Mabel Nesbitt, who comes knife going missing from working class backgrounds the drawer, and now no longer has any money. Constance makes there's likewise a point to make fun lingering shot of poison in the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.kitchen.

* TheButlerDidIt: Invoked and Averted. [[spoiler:A valet ''did'' stab Sir William, but his mother figured it out and CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: Mrs Wilson poisoned Sir William ahead of time. There's no law against stabbing a corpse]]. * ButtMonkey: Mabel Nesbitt, who comes from working class backgrounds William's coffee but, when he knocked the cup to the floor and now no longer has any money. Constance makes asked for a point to make fun of the fact that she different drink, Mrs Wilson had brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.the poison with her and was able to use it]].

* TheButlerDidIt: Invoked and Averted. [[spoiler:A valet ''did'' stab {{Foreshadowing}}: When talking about his murder mystery, Weissman refuses to reveal the murderer. [[spoiler: And the others never find out who killed Sir William, but his mother figured it out and poisoned Sir William ahead William]]. Likewise Lady Trentham says "None of time. There's no law against stabbing a corpse]]. * ButtMonkey: Mabel Nesbitt, who comes us will see it" (referring to the movie). [[spoiler: The murderer(s) were both from working class backgrounds and now no longer has any money. Constance makes a point to make fun of the fact that she brought only a single off-the-rack evening dress.people they didn't expect]].

* IceQueen: Lady Sylvia. You can practically ''feel'' the cold aura around her - yet despite this, she keeps up an inpenetrable facade of charm and manners.
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* IceQueen: Lady Sylvia. You can practically ''feel'' the cold aura around her - yet despite this, she keeps up an inpenetrable facade impenetrable fašade of charm and manners.

* IceQueen: InnocentlyInsensitive: Ironically considering she has no problem being ''deliberately'' insensitive to anyone else. But Lady Sylvia. You can practically ''feel'' Trentham has Mary clean a blouse for the cold aura around hunting party the next day - only to decide at the last minute that she'll wear a different one. The fact that Mary had to go down into the kitchen in the middle of the night to wash it never crossed her - yet despite this, she keeps up an inpenetrable facade of charm and manners.mind.

* NiceToTheWaiter: A small example. Lady Trentham is considerably nicer to her servant Mary than she is to the rest of the cast. She often behaves more like a bossy mother or aunt towards her. She even calls her by her first name (since her surname is too hard for her to pronounce). ** This isn't actually particularly 'nice'. As Mary correctly points out, being called by her surname is a sign of respect for her position as opposed to lower positions in the household, a rule of the same class system that keeps Lady Trentham in (store-bought) marmalade. To disregard it for her personal convenience is a showcase of how ultimately self-centered and entitled the old lady is.
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* NiceToTheWaiter: A small example. Lady Trentham is considerably nicer to her servant Mary than she is to the rest of the cast. She often behaves more like a bossy mother or aunt towards her. She even calls her by her first name (since her surname is too hard for her to pronounce). ** This isn't actually particularly 'nice'. As Mary correctly points out, being called by her surname is a sign of respect for her position as opposed to lower positions in the household, a rule of the same class system that keeps If Lady Trentham in (store-bought) marmalade. To disregard gets anything resembling a PetTheDog moment, it for her personal convenience is a showcase of how ultimately self-centered and entitled the old lady is.usually involves Mary.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: A small example. SweetAndSourGrapes: [[spoiler: Elsie gets to tell Lady Trentham is considerably nicer Syliva off but ends up dismissed as a result. However the Americans offer to take her servant Mary than she is to the rest of the cast. She often behaves more like a bossy mother or aunt towards her. She even calls her by her first name (since her surname is too hard for her to pronounce). ** This isn't actually particularly 'nice'. As Mary correctly points out, being called by her surname is a sign of respect for her position as opposed to lower positions with them, implying she'll become an actress in the household, a rule of the same class system that keeps Lady Trentham in (store-bought) marmalade. To disregard it for her personal convenience is a showcase of how ultimately self-centered and entitled the old lady is.Hollywood]].
29th Aug '15 7:10:29 PM hildyjohnson
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* CreepyHousekeeper: Mrs. Wilson. Robert Altman mentions on the commentary that the only direction he gave to Helen Mirren was to think about Mrs Danvers from Film/Rebecca. Mrs Danvers served as the inspiration for the fact that Mirren often just suddenly appears in the frame.

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* LostHimInACardGame: Constance mentions at one point that Sylvia and her sisters played cards to determine who would marry William.
23rd Aug '15 2:33:18 PM Faqa
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** This isn't actually particularly 'nice'. As Mary correctly points out, being called by her surname is a sign of respect for her position as opposed to lower positions in the household, a rule of the same class system that keeps Lady Trentham in (store-bought) marmalade. To disregard it for her personal convenience is a showcase of how ultimately self-centered and entitled the old lady is.
13th Aug '15 3:09:52 PM Discar
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-->''Tea at four'' -->''Dinner at eight'' -->''Murder at midnight''
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-->''Tea ->''Tea at four'' -->''Dinner ->''Dinner at eight'' -->''Murder ->''Murder at midnight''

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-->''Tea at four'' -->''Dinner at eight'' -->''Murder at midnight'' * TheGrandHunt: There's a hunt planned as part of the country-house festivities. The women join a special outdoor lunch after the shooting, and the American film producer (who is also a vegetarian) is clearly the odd man out.
6th Mar '15 6:49:58 PM fgenzo159
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* RunningGag: "Take/Move that filthy/vile dog/animal out of here." People from Upstairs and Downstairs really don't like Pip. Except William...and Elsie.
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* RunningGag: TheReveal: A lot of things are revealed in the end.[[spoiler: Mary deduces a lot of the murder, and Parks and Mrs Wilson fill in the rest for her.]] * RunningGag: ** Inspector Thompson being interrupted every time he tries to introduce himself. ** "Take/Move that filthy/vile dog/animal out of here." People from Upstairs and Downstairs really don't like Pip. Except William...and Elsie.

* TheReveal: A lot of things are revealed in the end.[[spoiler: Mary deduces a lot of the murder, and Parks and Mrs Wilson fill in the rest for her.]] * RunningGag: Inspector Thompson being interrupted every time he tries to introduce himself.
7th Feb '15 10:25:01 AM TheUnsquished
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--->'''Dorothy:''' I believe in love. Not just getting it, but giving it. I think that if you're able to love someone, even if they don't know it, even if they can't love you back, then it's worth it.
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--->'''Dorothy:''' I believe in love. Not just getting it, but giving it. I think that if you're able to love someone, even if they don't know it, even if they can't love you back, then it's worth it. it. * WhoMurderedTheAsshole: Though the victim as we see him is portrayed relatively sympathetically, seeming to be a fairly nice old duffer with a horrible harpy of a wife (she tears chunks out of him at dinner in front of all their friends), his past is not so clear and when he is murdered it turns out everyone had a motive. Though in fact all the people with real, personal motives are ignored as [[DeliberateValuesDissonance they are only the servants.]]
1st Oct '14 11:43:37 AM poi99
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* BeneathSuspicion: ''All'' the [[AnAesop working class]] characters are considered this by the detective since the murder victim was upper-class and the detective is only interested in anyone who had "a real connection" with the victim. Had he bothered to question any of the servants, he might have learned that [[spoiler:the victim had slept with some of them.]]
4th Jun '14 8:24:52 PM pretzelbetty
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