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Five Movies To Fill The Downton Abbey Gap
Upstairs, downstairs and that bit in the middle

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Five Movies To Fill The Downton Abbey Gap  | The Shooting Party (1985)
The Shooting Party (1985)

While not quite in Gosford Park's class, Alan Bridges’ neglected Edwardian drama ought to tick a few boxes for Downton fans, not least for its cast of iconic British thesps (John Gielgud, James Mason, Robert Hardy) and pre-Great War setting. The characters divide their time between hunting small animals and repressing big emotions, those two hobbies of the English aristocracy, fuelling a melancholy story that sees Mason’s decent landowner Sir Randolph Nettleby (huzzah!) playing host to nasty arriviste Edward Fox (boo!) for a weekend of shooting. Things go horribly wrong – and not just for the animals – on the shoot, but it's a catastrophe that's nothing compared to the Somme-based cataclysm to come. Just ask Downton's Lieutenant Crawley about that one.
 

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1 RE: The Remains Of The Day = the real Superman Returns
Downton Abbey has become one of my favorite shows ! I love Sybil & Branson and Mary & Matthew o. More

Posted by Ansmanpaul on Saturday June 29, 2013, 04:32

2 The Remains Of The Day = the real Superman Returns
dont forget Christopher Reeve was great in ROTD. Hugh Grant was also in it More

Posted by jackcarter on Friday November 23, 2012, 13:18

3 Weird!
The picture of the cast of Downton Abbey on Empires homepage, if you do NOT look directly at it, it resembles the maw of a monster with drooling teeth... More

Posted by Wangwog on Friday November 23, 2012, 10:06

4 Remains of the Day
Um guys, you got the year wrong with Remains of the Day. More

Posted by Xolelwa on Thursday November 15, 2012, 06:39

5 Nice!
I love the idea that Downton Abbey is a gateway drug. I went through a spot of period drama fetishism this year and devoured (among others) The House of Mirth, The Wings of the Dove, A Room With a View, Chaplin and Howards End. I can recommend them all, although I never found out who Howard was or what was so special about his end. Arf arf! More

Posted by Nicky C on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 13:30

6 Damn you
Now got to watch Gosford Park. More

Posted by tamsinlord on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:54


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