Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Remains of the Day

One of my favorite novels is Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. The faithful 1993 screen adaptation by Merchant and Ivory is one of my all time favorite movies. I rank it there with Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Bunch.

The performance by Anthony Hopkins is one of the most subtle and moving in movie history. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay adaptation is one of the best in movie history too.

The story is about butler Mr. Stevens who spends his life in loyal service to Lord Darlington, a man who is not worthy of his loyalty.

The movie was pitted against Schindler's List for best picture. The irony of the best picture award going to Schindler's List is that The Remains of the Day has something far more profound, subtle, and moving to say about the Holocaust than a Hollywood blockbuster movie ever could.

2 Comments:

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Sometimes it like that: the movie that you'd like to watch again loses to the one that you wouldn't. Maybe that's a question that the voters should ask themselves. I would watch Walk the Line again but probably not Crash which I thought was very good at the time.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I found this site at Edie's.

Anthony Hopkins was great again in that movie. He used subtleness more than usual in that movie.

 

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