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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Review of "The Remains Of The Day (DVD)"
This is a beautifully romantic film. Okay, it's not in the most obvious way, but this is the way true romantic films should be.
Although there is no physical romance, or even spoken words of love to show how close the butler and the housekeeper become, it is obvious to the viewer, and the subtle way in which their relationships is presented makes each look, facial expression and sentence ten times as meaningful as it would otherwise be.The scenery is really lovely, and captures the era well, with subtle changes in weather reflecting the moods of the characters.
This is a film which stays in your mind, as so much is said with so little. The book is equally impressive, although I recommend you read the book first, otherwise you will only be able to imagine Stevens the Butler as Hopkins, the way he appears in the film.The film is acted beautifully - Hopkins and Thompson really do their characters justice. The story of what was going on elsewhere in the house, which runs alongside the story of the relationship, is also engaging and emotional.
This is an excellent film if you like drama films and subtle but deep characters.
Product Information : The Remains Of The Day (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionJames 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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