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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 Go-Between (1970)
The Go-Between (1970)

We’re not sure if anyone in Joseph Losey’s sun-soaked melodrama would be welcome to tea with the Earl and Countess of Grantham – all that cavorting with the lower classes and sex in the greenhouse would be considered a little gauche at the Abbey. But don’t let that put you off a majestic piece of work by screenwriter Harold Pinter and an American director whose feel for the British class system gave us that great horror film of the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, The Servant. Here he turns L. P. Hartley’s novel into a sensual Edwardian tale whose influence can be felt in every frame of Atonement. You can hear the buzz of flies, feel the heat of the summer sun and sense the desire as Julie Christie’s Lady Marian risks 14 year-old Dominic Guard as a means to get messages to her lover, Alan Bates's rugged farmer. One question, though. Haven’t these people heard of Facebook?
 

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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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