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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 Rules Of The Game (1939)
The Rules Of The Game (1939)

See it because it’s one of the greatest films ever made (currently number four on the BFI list, donchaknow) or see it because it’s got a lot of terribly rich people hanging out in a Downton-like country house; either way, you should find a spot in your collection for Jean Renoir’s superlative-defying film – although be sure to only refer to it as ‘La Règle Du Jeu’ in company, preferably while puffing on an unlit pipe. Renoir packs in adultery, murder, class commentary, the death of the ancient nobility, more adultery (hey, this is France) and a lot of small mammals being blasted into the middle of next semaine. And we mean A LOT. It’s basically The Killing Fields for rabbits.
 

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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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