Sunday, July 9, 2017

Making a Scene


Julian Fellowes said, during his commentary track for Gosford Park:
And of course, he has made a scene, you see. That's the great thing the aristocracy find hard to forgive. It is rather like with their sex lives. As Mrs. Patrick Campbell says, "I don't really care what people do, as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."  And similarly, anyone who makes a scene - anyone who gets drunk, anyone who picks a fight, anyone who argues too loudly over something that they disagree with - is breaking the rules.  They are somehow showing they are ill bred.  It is possible to conduct affairs or arguments or anything else, or indeed ruin, in a well bred manner.

9 comments:

  1. Really good movie. The soundtrack is also good. A song from there has become one of my very favorites: "The Land of Might-have-been" performed by Christopher Northam and Jeremy Northam

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  2. This movie is a masterpiece. It is not falsely romantic, everything is so well thought out, and it packs a wallop of a surprise. I think many great filmmakers are strongly influenced by Altman's methods of tying together many subplots. He urges the viewer to watch it several times and i have , to my great satisfaction.

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  3. Agree, it is an excellent movie.

    Yummy, yummy, yummy.

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    1. Maggie Smith (Constance). Great line!

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  4. Love Julian Fellowes - he has penned quite a few books. Fingers cross that they will all be dramatized at one point. Will keep all those RADA grads in the limelight, fans in stitches, and provide a playbook for how it's done.

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  5. Was that the question? It is a great film. But I thought the point of highlighting the quote was the English preference for keeping a low profile. (Or else, at least in the movies.) Lots of bad examples of the obverse these days.

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  6. Love Julian Fellows. Love also the other movies that you have on your shelf. Do I see Miss Marple? Tonight we are watching Far from the Madding Crowd with Inspector Lynley's,Nathaniel Parker.

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  7. Oh my how I loved Gosford Park. I wanted to step right into the screen and join the weekend party. Something interesting I learned from this movie was the addressing of a servant by his/her employer's name. I'd never seen that before (or since). It didn't happen in Downton Abbey. I hope Julian Fellows will do more for PBS where (unknown to us) British actors will be featured. Ann/metroDC

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