Sir William McCordle Michael Gambon and his wife Lady Sylvia Kristin Scott Thomas are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation.
His agent eventually secured a meeting with the Coens and he was given the part. English actor Mark Strong was put on standby to take over, but the scheduling issues were resolved and Bardem took on the role.
We liked the fact that the bad guys never really meet the good guys, that McCarthy did not follow through on formula expectations. On their writing process, Ethan said, "One of us types into the computer while the other holds the spine of the book open flat. As explained by Kelly Macdonald, "the ending of the book is different.
She reacts more in the way I react. She kind of falls apart. Richard Corliss of Time stated that "the Coen brothers have adapted literary works before.
But No Country for Old Men is their first film taken, pretty straightforwardly, from a [contemporary] prime American novel.
Josh Brolin discussed his initial nervousness with having so little dialogue to work with: You have to figure out different ways to convey ideas. So yeah, I was a little afraid of that in the beginning.
Good and evil are tackled with a rigorous fix on the complexity involved. Because you only saw this person in this movie making things and doing things in order to survive and to make this journey, and the fact that you were thrown back on that, as opposed to any dialogue, was interesting to us.
He further explained why they chose the novel: Why not start with the best? It is also a lament for the way the young neglect the wisdom of the past and, presumably, of the old The historical period of Byzantium was a time of culmination that was also a time of transition.
It is an ideal rarely realized in this world and maybe not even in ancient Byzantium. Certainly within the context of the movie No Country for Old Men, one has the sense, especially from Bell as the chronicler of the times, that things are out of alignment, that balance and harmony are gone from the land and from the people.
The novel belongs to Sheriff Bell. Though the film opens with Bell speaking, much of what he says in the book is condensed and it turns up in other forms. The result is a movie that is more simplified thematically, but one that gives more of the characters an opportunity to shine. The light through two windows and a door comes evenly through three walls in the interior shots.
And we only shotfeet, whereas most productions of that size might shootor a million feet of film. We never use a zoom," he said. A zoom is more like a focusing of attention. We were aware of those similarities, certainly.
And when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away. And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back, somewhere toward that spot you were at before.
The Coens have suppressed their natural jauntiness. They have become orderly, disciplined masters of chaos, but one still has the feeling that, out there on the road from nowhere to nowhere, they are rooting for it rather than against it. They may come in and say one word or two words, so that was nice to be around in order to feed the other thing.
We tried to give it the same feeling. Sound editing and effects were provided by another longtime Coens collaborator, Skip Lievsaywho used a mixture of emphatic sounds gun shots and ambient noise engine noise, prairie winds in the mix.
The Foley for the captive bolt pistol used by Chigurh was created using a pneumatic nail gun. But it is there, telling our unconscious that something different is occurring with the toss; this becomes certain when it ends as Chigurh uncovers the coin on the counter.
Long passages are entirely wordless. In some of the most gripping sequences what you hear mostly is a suffocating silence. I think it makes the movie much more suspenseful. As the scene opens in a long shot, the screen is filled with the remote location of the rest stop with the sound of the Texaco sign mildly squeaking in a light breeze.
The sound and image of a crinkled cashew wrapper tossed on the counter adds to the tension as the paper twists and turns.
The intimacy and potential horror that it suggests is never elevated to a level of kitschy drama as the tension rises from the mere sense of quiet and doom that prevails.In any event, Gosford Park is a generally admirable film.
It has limitations, but the picture it paints, of British society in the early s, is unimpeachable and indelible. Since , the Robert Altman Award is awarded to the director, casting director, and ensemble cast of films at the yearly Independent Spirit Awards.
In , a feature-length documentary film, Altman, was released, which looks at his life and work with film clips and interviews. The Moments That Make Us Who We Are. Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
Feb 03, · The InstaFlicka Crew discusses Director Robert Altman's "Gosford Park." For more reviews visit benjaminpohle.com Jan 01, · "Gosford Park" is the kind of generous, sardonic, deeply layered movie that Altman has made his own. As a director he has never been willing to settle for plot; he is much more interested in character and situation, and likes to assemble unusual people in peculiar situations and stir the pot.4/4.
The documentary ends on a false note, as Altman seems to accept his "Academy Award" as "Best Director" for "Gosford Park" - but, Altman's "Golden Globe" acceptance speech is merely edited in. Certainly, during the production of this documentary, there was reason to anticipate multiple "Park" wins/10().