A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in pre-WWII Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude. Written by
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Another important location used for Darlington Hall, was the former royal residence of Corsham Court in Wiltshire, at the time of shooting, being the home of Lord Methuen, where filming was allowed in the famous picture gallery, which measures seventy-two feet (21.9 meters) long by twenty-four feet (7.3 meters) wide. The gallery has been one of the largest and most impressive of all Georgian domestic interiors, with a ceiling by Capability Brown, pier glasses by Robert Adam, sofas and chairs by Chippendale, original crimson damask wall hangings, and an outstanding collection of old master paintings. Lord Darlington's (James Fox's) library and dining room, neo-gothic rooms designed by Nash, were filmed at Corsham Court as well. See more »
As the camera recedes in the final aerial shot departing from the estate, it briefly reveals a modern, silver-colored hatchback automobile backed up to the left end of the building. See more »
Look at it! Is that or is it not the wrong chinaman?
Miss Kenton, I'm very busy. I am surprised that you have nothing better to do than stand around all day...
Mr. Stevens, look at that chinaman and tell me the truth!
Miss Kenton, I would ask you to keep your voice down. What would the other servants think to hear us shouting at the top of our voices about... chinamen?
And I would ask you, Mr. Stevens, to turn around and look at the chinaman.
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This movie is James Ivory's best, and one of Anthony Hopkins' and Emma Thompson's better films.
Did you ever care to know what British upper class life was like in past centuries for both nobility and gentry (their servants?) This show humanizes life for them all, revealing their common foibles and their collective challenges.
One would think that Hopkins would be the quintessential casting choice for a high quality 19th or 20th century British butler. He admits that it is a role that he had to study since he has never had a butler, or known one. Well, he did a superb job.
Emma Thompson performs spectacularly as romantic interest and head housekeeper. Believability is her byline.
Altogether a well-rounded cast, and an excellent production that captivates, entertains and entrances. You'd almost want to trade lives with most any of the characters, for better or worse.
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