51. GOSFORD PARK
dir. Robert Altman
world premiere 2001
U.S. release 2001
Because what read on paper like a gimmickAltman moving his human-cornucopia schtick to an English manor, that favorite
staple of the Stateside arthouseshowcased a tense and zesty chronicle of human foibles, delivered with gusto but
not without sincerity under beautiful gaslighting. Every performance, especially by the women, honors the actors and the auteur.