History Film / GosfordPark

14th Mar '17 3:59:00 PM Ezclee4050
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* HistoricalInJoke: A subtle one with Elsie. [[spoiler:The film ends with Morris Weissman apparently inviting her to go back to Hollywood with him to appear in ''Charlie Chan in London''. In the real ''Charlie Chan in London'', there's a maid played by British actress '''Elsa''' Buchanan, whose birth name really was Elsie.]]
14th Mar '17 3:37:58 PM JulianLapostat
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** The plot of the film and the setting was also a major ShoutOut to ''The Rules of the Game'' by Creator/JeanRenoir.

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** The plot of the film and the setting was also a major ShoutOut to ''The Rules of the Game'' ''Film/TheRulesOfTheGame'' by Creator/JeanRenoir.
14th Mar '17 3:02:06 PM Ezclee4050
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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.]]

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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.]]]] Not only that, [[spoiler:he delivers that particular line to the person who actually committed the murder]].
14th Mar '17 8:59:44 AM JulianLapostat
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* ShoutOut: Not only is ''CharlieChan in London'' referenced as the real film that the fictional Morris Weissman is producing, the plot of ''Gosford Park'' has rough similarities to it (murder at a country estate, many suspects, class division between aristocrats and servants).

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Not only is ''CharlieChan in London'' referenced as the real film that the fictional Morris Weissman is producing, the plot of ''Gosford Park'' has rough similarities to it (murder at a country estate, many suspects, class division between aristocrats and servants).servants).
** Stephen Fry's detective character in Tan overcoat and suit was modeled on Creator/JacquesTati's M. Hulot.
** The plot of the film and the setting was also a major ShoutOut to ''The Rules of the Game'' by Creator/JeanRenoir.
14th Mar '17 5:15:53 AM Ezclee4050
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* ShoutOut: Not only is ''CharlieChan in London'' referenced as the real film that the fictional Morris Weissman is producing, the plot of ''Gosford Park'' has rough similarities to it (murder at a country estate, many suspects, class division between aristocrats and servants).
* SirSwearsALot: Weissman, in his phone calls back to Hollywood.
14th Mar '17 4:55:06 AM Ezclee4050
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** Before the murder, George is asked about Sir William's whereabouts and he says "He's still in the library. He won't be out again tonight." Or any other night, as it turns out.
13th Mar '17 9:10:21 PM Ezclee4050
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* AuthorAppeal: The presence of Ivor Novello as a character and the use of his songs in the film came about because Robert Altman was a fan of Novello's music.
12th Mar '17 5:40:43 AM fgenzo159
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* RedHerring: At the start of the film the camera lingers on the safe where the guests' jewellery is kept, but this doesn't figure in the story at all.
** Mary finding a suspicious cook at night. Turns out she was just having an affair with [[spoiler:Mr. Blond.]]

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* RedHerring: At Several, as usual in Altman's movies :
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the start of the film servants arrive, the camera lingers on the safe where the guests' jewellery is kept, but kept. But this doesn't figure in the story at all.
** Henry Denton raising suspicion as a weird servant, with a weird Scottish accent. Turns out [[spoiler: he's not the murderer...]]
--->'''Parks:''' It's [[SelfDeprecation worse than that]]. [[spoiler:[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall He's an actor!]]]]
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Mary finding a suspicious cook wandering at night. Turns out she was just having an affair with [[spoiler:Mr. Blond.]]
12th Mar '17 5:22:31 AM fgenzo159
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When talking about his murder mystery, Weissman refuses to reveal the murderer. [[spoiler: And the others never find out who killed Sir William]]. Likewise Lady Trentham says "None of us will see it" (referring to the movie). [[spoiler: The murderer(s) were both from people they didn't expect]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When talking about his murder mystery, Weissman refuses to reveal the murderer. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And the others never find out who killed Sir William]]. Likewise Lady Trentham says "None of us will see it" (referring to the movie). [[spoiler: The murderer(s) [[spoiler:The murderers were both from people they didn't expect]].



*** [[spoiler: He puts out a cigarette in the same bucket that the murderer took his knife from. Sure, other people might use it, but he's the only one seen doing so.]]
*** [[spoiler: When the police leaves, the camera lingers on him smiling. Sure, they are all making fun of Thompson, but especially him.]]
*** [[spoiler: Before the murder occurs, several people move away from the main living room and don't come back until the murder is done. There is an explanation for all of them, except him (Nesbitt delivering a note to Isabel, Meredith going for marmalade, George going for a cigarette). He just pretends he was getting a hot-water bag, which doesn't take that long if it was prepared.]]

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*** [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He puts out a cigarette in the same bucket that the murderer took his knife from. Sure, other people might use it, but he's the only one seen doing so.]]
*** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the police leaves, the camera lingers on him smiling. Sure, they are all making fun of Thompson, but especially him.]]
*** [[spoiler: Before [[spoiler:Before the murder occurs, several people move away from the main living room and don't come back until the murder is done. There is an explanation for all of them, except him (Nesbitt delivering a note to Isabel, Meredith going for marmalade, George going for a cigarette). He just pretends he was getting a hot-water bag, which doesn't take that long if it was prepared.]]



** There's also Mary finding a suspicious cook at night. Turns out she was just having an affair with [[spoiler:Mr. Blond.]]

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** There's also Mary finding a suspicious cook at night. Turns out she was just having an affair with [[spoiler:Mr. Blond.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Once we already know Parks only stabbed but did not poison his father, Constable Dexter finds some poison in Jennings' room and reveals that he is the only one in the house with a criminal record. That's because he was a deserter, during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. But he's only TheAlcoholic, and among the few who wouldn't have any reason to kill Sir William.]] Lampshaded by Dexter, and Mr. Weissman's talk about valet or butler committing the crime:
--->'''Constable Dexter:''' Perhaps TheButlerDidIt.
12th Mar '17 5:06:24 AM fgenzo159
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** There's also Mary finding a suspicious cook at night. Turns out she was just having an affair with [[spoiler:Mr. Blond.]]
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