Park" by Robert Altman
Park" reminds the viewer of Altman's "Short Cuts"
and "Rules of the Game," put together, with the brand
new idea of using his directing style in a different genre, a Agatha
Christie-style murder mystery. There is one thing common to almost
all Altman's films, and that is a large cast, with more than a few
recognisable actors included.
This film clearly shows the class relationship between British aristocracy
and the lower class, or servants. The story takes place in a big
castle, where the nobility invites guests for hunting season, along
with their servants. During the night, one member of the aristocracy
ends up dead, murdered.
The story reveals that even servants can be the same as the nobility
they serve, down to sex and financial intrigues. The world of the
two different classes tangles together with the discovery that the
murdered member of the nobility was seducing his servants, often,
making them adopt the babies, so noone would find out about the
"For me, this film is comedy on the upper floor and drama on
the lower floor. ?Gosford Park? is a review of the British class
society in the 30s, that presents not only British class society,
but also any other class society prejudice. On some other continents
[Asia, Australia or the USA] this prejudice, perhaps, would be called
racism," Altman says.