Quotes and Trivia

Some interesting quotes and trivia.

Quotes

I'm the perfect servant; I have no life. (Mrs. Wilson)

I haven't a snobish bone in my body. (Countess of Trentham)

When was the last time you stabbed a corpse? (Robert Parks)

Could you imagine someone being hanged because of something I said. (Countess of Trentham)

And why shouldn't I be interested in films? You don't know what I'm interested in. (sir William)

He's very full of himself, I must say. Doesn't eat meat. He's coming to a shooting party and he doesn't eat meat. (Mrs. Croft)

What about Claudette Colbert? She's British, isn't she? She sounds British. Is she, like, affected or is she British? (Morris Weissman)

Do stop snivelling - anyone would think you were Italian. (lord Stockbridge)

I believe in love. Not just getting it, but giving it. I think that if you're able to love someone, even if they don't know it, even if they can't love you back, then it's worth it. (Dorothy)

Bought marmalade? Oh dear, I call that very feeble. (Countess of Trentham)

Darling, it's a relief for me to sit next someone who isn't deaf in one ear. (lady Stockbridge)

I hate cheap clothes. They're twice the work and they never look as good. (Elsie)

Can't a man hate his own father? (Robert Parks)

You should know to pack your woollies when you come to this house. (Lewis)

If there's one thing I don't look for in a maid, it's discretion. Except with my own secrets, of course. (Countess of Trentham)

Oh, don't worry about him. He's just an American staying with us. (lady Sylvia)

The time to make up your mind about people is never. (Countess of Trentham)

Trivia

The camera is always moving (if only slightly) in every shot of the film as requested by director.

During group scenes, there were always two cameras going at all times, moving about. The goal was to prevent the actors from acting to the camera but instead to play the scene more naturalistically.

Actors wore portable microphones to assist in creating overlapping dialogue.

The jewelry worn by the upstairs ladies was authentic and had to be escorted in by armed guards each day.

There is always a servant present in each scene.

The name Gosford Park is never once said in the film.

There really was a Charlie Chan in London (1934) film made in 1934 and it was indeed a mystery set in an English manor house, but it wasn't produced by Morris Weissman, who is a fictional character.

None of the actors who played servants wore any make-up.

In the DVD commentary, director Robert Altman states he included the F-word several times on purpose to get an R-rating because he didn't want kids to see the film. He thought kids wouldn't like the film so he wanted to keep them out, especially 14-year-old boys.

Inspector Thompson never gets a chance to introduce himself properly to the guests

By her own admission, Kristin Scott Thomas was famously difficult on set whilst working on the film.

The wallpaper in Constance Trentham's bedroom is hand-painted, imported from France. It would have cost the filmmakers $18,000; however, the manufacturer donated it to the production.

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