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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 Remains Of The Day (1993)
The Remains Of The Day (1993)

If you’re going Downton cold turkey, Merchant Ivory’s take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker Prize winner is probably not the movie to have you skipping joyously around the living room. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed to break your heart, such is the moving, unexpressed current of emotion that passes between Anthony Hopkins’ butler, the stoical Mr. Stevens, and housekeeper, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), an old acquaintance who comes back into his life. We’d still heartily recommend it as a neat snapshot of late ‘30s Britain and a beautiful not-quite-love-story. While Stevens is sacrificing love in the name of duty downstairs, upstairs, James Fox’s misguided lord is busy wooing the Nazis. It’s a recipe for disaster on so many levels that even the lookout on the Titanic could see it coming.

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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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