The Remains Of The Day (DVD)

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The Remains Of The Day (DVD)

James Ivory directed this quietly moving film set just prior to World War II. On the large English estate of Lord Darlington (James Fox), a discipline...

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published 10/02/2001 | Anyanka
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"Remains of the Day"

I only watched this film because I bought Sense and Sensibility and it had been stuck on the end of the tape, but I was pleasantly surprised.

It stars Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins as young housekeeper Miss Kenton and respectable butler Stevens respectively, with supporting roles from James Fox and Christopher Reeve.

Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, it charts the growing affection between the two. When Miss Kenton leaves the household, Stevens is free to finally acknowledge his feelings for her but as she’s gone of to get married, it’s probably too late.

Remains of the Day received 8 Academy Award nominations and an Oscar nomination for Thompson, and James Ivory’s directing left little to be desired.

Not to everyone’s taste, and the ending was a little disappointing, but a great film none-the-less.


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James Ivory directed this quietly moving film set just prior to World War II. On the large English estate of Lord Darlington (James Fox), a disciplined butler, Stevens (Anthony Hopkins), devotes himself to his duties with rigorous dedication. Like his father (Peter Vaughan) before him, Stevens lives to serve--to bring order and certainty to the estate's minutiae. Though Stevens has the opportunity to break free of this mold in the form of a romance with the spirited housekeeper, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), he chooses to remain within the safe structure of the household, even one that has misguided loyalties to Nazi Germany. Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant costar as men hoping to show Lord Darlington the danger of his allegiances. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY is Merchant-Ivory's follow-up to HOWARDS END, which also starred Hopkins and Thompson; both actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles as dutiful servants in the later film.

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