Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 black comedy war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent. The film tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus, a young French Jewish cinema proprietor and the other by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine. Christoph Waltz co-stars as Hans Landa, an SS colonel tracking down Raine's group and, connected to Shosanna's past; the film's title was inspired by Italian director Enzo G. Castellari's macaroni combat film The Inglorious Bastards. Tarantino wrote the script in 1998, but struggled with the ending and chose instead to direct the two-part film Kill Bill. After directing Death Proof in 2007, Tarantino returned to work on Inglourious Basterds. A co-production of the United States and Germany, the film began principal photography in October 2008 and was filmed in Germany and France with a $70 million production budget.
It premiered on May 20, 2009 at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, received a wide release in theaters in the United States and Europe in August 2009 by The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures. Inglourious Basterds grossed over $321 million in theaters worldwide, making it Tarantino's highest-grossing film until the release of Django Unchained, it received multiple awards and nominations, among them eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. For his role as Landa, Waltz won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actor Award, as well as the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1941, SS colonel Hans Landa interrogates French dairy farmer Perrier La Padite about the whereabouts of the last unaccounted-for Jewish family in the area, the Dreyfus family. Landa suspects that they are hiding under the floor, in exchange for the Germans agreeing to leave his family alone for the rest of the war, La Padite somberly confirms it.
Landa orders his SS soldiers to shoot through the floorboards, killing most of the Dreyfus family, but Shosanna, a young woman, escapes. Three years Lieutenant Aldo Raine of the First Special Service Force recruits Jewish-American soldiers to the Basterds, who spread fear among the German soldiers by killing and scalping them; the Basterds recruit Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, a German soldier who murdered thirteen Gestapo officers. Adolf Hitler interviews a German soldier, Private Butz, the only survivor of a Basterd attack on his squad. Raine carved the Nazi swastika into Butz's forehead with a knife so he could never hide that he served in the German Heer. Shosanna is now operating a cinema under the name Emmanuelle Mimieux, she meets Fredrick Zoller, a German war hero who killed 250 soldiers in a single battle, to star in a Nazi propaganda film, Stolz der Nation. Infatuated with Shosanna, Zoller convinces Joseph Goebbels to hold the premiere of the film at her cinema. Shosanna plots with Marcel, the French West African projectionist and Shosanna's lover, to kill the Nazi leaders attending the premiere by setting the cinema ablaze.
Unknown to Shosanna, British Royal Marine Lieutenant Archie Hicox is planning an attack at the premiere with the Basterds. Hicox goes to a tavern with Stiglitz and Basterd Wilhelm Wicki to meet an undercover agent, the German film star Bridget von Hammersmark. Hicox draws the attention of Wehrmacht Sergeant Wilhelm and Gestapo Major Dieter Hellstrom with his unusual accent, he gives himself away by gesturing "three" with his hand. Discovered and the Basterds open fire, killing everyone except Wilhelm and Hammersmark, wounded. Raine arrives and negotiates with Wilhelm for Hammersmark's release, but she shoots Wilhelm when he lowers his guard. Raine, believing Hammersmark set Hicox and his men up, tortures Hammersmark, who convinces him that she is not a spy and reveals that Hitler will attend the film premiere, he decides to continue the mission. Landa investigates the aftermath at the tavern and finds one of Hammersmark's shoes and a napkin with her signature. At the premiere, two of the Basterds, Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz and Omar Ulmer, join Raine in posing as Italians, hoping to fool the Germans unfamiliar with the language.
However, who speaks fluent Italian, converses with the Basterds before sending Donowitz and Ulmer to their seats. He takes Hammersmark to a private room, verifies that the shoe from the tavern fits her strangles her to death. Raine and another of his men, Smithson "The Little Man" Utivich, are taken prisoner, but Landa has Raine contact his superior with the OSS and cuts a deal: he will allow the mission to proceed in exchange for immunity and rewards. During the screening, Zoller slips away to the projection room to see Shosanna. After she rejects his advances, he becomes aggressive, she pretends to acquiesce pulls a pistol and shoots him. Zoller, raises his pistol and shoots her before they both die; as Stolz der Nation reaches its climax, spliced-in footage of Shosanna tells the audience that they are about to be killed by a Jew. Marcel, having locked the doors of the cinema, ignites a pile of flammable nitrate film behind the screen as Shosanna's image laughs. Ulmer and Donowitz break into the box containing Hitler and Goebbels, killing them fire their submachine guns into the crowd until the bombs go off, killing everyone in the theater.
Landa and his radio operator drive Utivich into Allied territory, where they surrender. Raine shoots the radio operato
Julianne Moore is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is known for her portrayals of troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films, has received many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance, her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman's Short Cuts, successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe continued this acclaim. Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months and The Lost World: Jurassic Park established her as a leading lady in Hollywood. Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven and The Hours.
In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three featured her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife. She had success with the films The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Children of Men, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right, Crazy, Stupid and won several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change. Moore went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, she appeared in the final two films of The Hunger Games series and starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children's books about a character named "Freckleface Strawberry", she is married to director Bart Freundlich. Moore was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960, at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of 3 siblings, her father, Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge.
Her Scottish mother, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, who emigrated to the United States in 1951 with her family. Moore has a younger sister, Valerie Smith, a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith; as Moore is half-Scottish, she claimed British citizenship in 2011 to honor her deceased mother. Moore moved around the United States as a child, due to her father's occupation, she was close to her family as a result, but has said she never had the feeling of coming from one particular place. The family lived in multiple locations, including Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Moore attended nine different schools; the constant relocating made her an insecure child, she struggled to establish friendships. Despite these difficulties, Moore remarked that an itinerant lifestyle was beneficial to her future career: "When you move around a lot, you learn that behavior is mutable. I would change, depending on where I was... It teaches you to watch, to reinvent, that character can change."When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, where Moore had been attending J.
E. B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, where she attended Frankfurt American High School, she was clever and studious, a self-proclaimed "good girl", she planned to become a doctor. She had never considered performing, or attended the theatre, but she was an avid reader and it was this hobby that led her to begin acting at the school, she appeared in several plays, including Tartuffe and Medea, with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career. Moore's parents supported her decision, but asked that she train at university to provide the added security of a college degree, she was accepted to Boston University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1983. Moore moved to New York City after graduating, worked as a waitress. After registering her stage name with Actors' Equity, she began her career in 1985 with off-Broadway theatre, her first screen role came in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night. Her break came the following year. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, she found this intensive work to be an important learning experience, she said of it fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility."
Moore performed on the show until 1988, when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Before leaving As the World Turns, she had a role in the 1987 CBS miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. Once she had finished the soap opera, she turned to the stage to play Ophelia in a Guthrie Theater production of Hamlet opposite Željko Ivanek; the actress returned intermittently to television over the next three years, appearing in the TV movies Money, Murder, The Last to Go, Cast a Deadly Spell. In 1990, Moore began working with stage director Andre Gregory on a workshop theatre production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Described by Moore as "one of the most fundamentally important acting experiences I had", the group spent four years exploring the text and giving intimate performances to friends. In 1990, Moore made her cinematic debut as a mummy's victim in Tales from the Darksid
Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the 1996 Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème; the film, which features six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles, depicts the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, paying their rent, life under the shadow of AIDS. It takes place in the East Village of New York City from 1989 to 1990; the film received mixed critical reception. On Christmas Eve 1989, aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen, his roommate, Roger Davis, learn that the rent waived by their old friend and landlord, Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III, is due, their former roommate Tom Collins shows up and gets mugged. Mark and Roger meet with Benny, who tells them he plans to evict the homeless from the nearby lot and build a cyber studio, he offers them free rent if they get Maureen, Mark's ex-girlfriend, to cancel her protest against his plans, but they refuse.
A street drummer, finds Collins and they bond since they both have AIDS. Roger, HIV-positive and a former drug addict, tries to compose his one last great song. He's visited by Mimi, an exotic dancer and heroin addict. On Christmas Day and Roger are visited by Collins and Angel, bearing gifts, they invite Roger to attend Life Support, an AIDS support group. Roger turns them down, he runs into Joanne, Maureen's new girlfriend, who bonds with him as they discuss Maureen's promiscuity. Mark arrives at the Life Support meeting, he films the meeting for the documentary that he's making about people living with HIV/AIDS. Mimi visits Roger. Roger, whose ex-girlfriend died of HIV/AIDS, throws her out; the next day, he joins Mark and Angel at a Life Support meeting. Leaving the meeting, the group imagines what it would be like to move to New Mexico. Roger and Mark leave to help Maureen set up for her performance, Angel and Collins reveal they are falling in love. Maureen performs her song that calls out Benny for changing who he was when he got married and blames him for trying to shut down the tent city.
The performance starts a riot because Benny called in police to make sure the protest stayed peaceful, but it escalated into violence. Once the protest is over, the group goes to The Life Cafe and celebrates Mark selling his riot footage to a local news station. Roger and Mimi reveal they are falling for each other, reveal they are HIV positive, they continue celebrating with their friends. On New Years Day, Benny has padlocked the apartment. Mark takes a job at the television news program that he sold his riot footage to. After another fight, Maureen proposes to Joanne. After being persuaded by Mimi, his ex-girlfriend, Benny gives the group back their apartment. Over the following year, Roger grows distrustful of Mimi, their relationship ends. Angel dies in Collins' arms. At Angel's funeral, the group goes their separate ways after a bitter argument, although Maureen and Joanne reconcile in the process. Roger sells his guitar, buys a car, moves to Santa Fe, he returns. Mark quits his job at Buzzline to pursue his own film.
On Christmas Eve 1990, Mark and Roger reunite with Collins, who reveals that he has reprogrammed an ATM to dispense cash when someone inputs the code: A-N-G-E-L. Joanne and Maureen find Mimi near death. Mimi and Roger reconcile, he sings the song that he has written over the past year. Mimi appears to die but awakens, she tells them that she was heading to the light. As Mark's documentary is shown for the first time, the friends reaffirm that there is "no day but today". Anthony Rapp as Mark Cohen, a struggling Jewish filmmaker and Roger's roommate, he was dumped by Maureen for Joanne. Adam Pascal as Roger Davis, an HIV-positive ex-addict rock musician. Rosario Dawson as Mimi Marquez, an HIV-positive heroin addict and stripper. Jesse L. Martin as Tom Collins, an anarchist and gay philosophy professor with AIDS. Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel Dumott Schunard, a drag queen and street musician, suffering from AIDS. Idina Menzel as Maureen Johnson, a bisexual performance artist and Joanne's girlfriend.
Tracie Thoms as Joanne Jefferson, a lesbian Harvard-graduate lawyer and Maureen's love interest. Taye Diggs as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III, landlord of the building in which Mark and Mimi live and ex-roommate of Collins, Roger and Mark. Aaron Lohr as Steve Chris Chalk as Street Vendor Mackenzie Firgens as April Shaun Earl as Waiter Rod Arrants as Mr. Hansen Mike Garibaldi as Mr. Grey Jennifer Siebel Newsom as Receptionist Sarah Silverman as Alexi Darling Daryl Edwards as Mr. Jefferson Anna Deavere Smith as Mrs. Jefferson Kevin Blackton as Mr. Johnson Bettina Devin as Mrs. Johnson Joel Swetow as Mr. Cohen Randy Graff as Mrs. Cohen Review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives
Nine (2009 live-action film)
Nine is a 2009 romantic musical drama film directed and produced by Rob Marshall and written by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella. The film is an adaptation of the 1982 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical 1963 film 8½. In addition to songs from the stage musical, all written by Maury Yeston, the film has three original songs written by Yeston; the ensemble principal cast consists of Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren. The film premiered in London, opened the 6th annual Dubai International Film Festival on December 9, 2009 and was released in the United States on December 18, 2009, in New York City and Los Angeles, with a wide release on December 25, 2009. Though a critical and commercial failure, Nine was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Original Song. Guido Contini is a gifted Italian filmmaker in 1965 at the famous Cinecittà movie studios in Rome.
At the age of fifty he has developed writer's block and surrealistically summons all of the women in his life and dead, to help him recapture inspiration, as dozens of female dancers and the film's leading ladies appear in his mind: Claudia Jenssen, his star actress. He avoids any clear answers when questioned by reporters about his new movie, because he doesn't have an idea for one. Guido creates an elaborate fantasy, where he explains that he wishes to have the naiveté of youth yet the wisdom of age. Escaping to a Spa Hotel on the Italian coast, he receives a phone call from Carla, his mistress seducing him as he listens on the other end, she arrives at the spa, expecting to share his suite, but is upset to learn that she's staying in a shabby pensione by the train station. Meanwhile, Guido meets with Lilli, his costume designer, begs for inspiration, confessing he has no script. Lilli urges him to use his film to entertain, inspired by the Folies Bergère, where she'learnt her art'. Guido remembers Saraghina, a prostitute who danced for him and his boyhood schoolmates on a beach, teaching them the joy of life's sensual and sexual pleasures.
Young Guido is caught by his school teachers/priests and punished by his principal while his ashamed mother reluctantly watches. Back at the Spa, at dinner, he's surprised to see his wife Luisa, he wishes her a happy birthday. Luisa unhappy, sings of the life of compromise she's made, abandoning her acting career to be at Guido's side in supporting his art, she notices Carla entering the restaurant and storms out Guido following. Luisa ignores him and leaves and, when he returns to the restaurant and sees Carla, he is furious. Guido demands Carla to leave. Unable to pacify Luisa in their hotel room, Guido seeks out Stephanie in the hotel's bar, who describes her love for his movies though from the point of view of an ignorant fashion editor, she takes him to her room but, watching her undress, Guido realizes how much he cares for and needs his wife and seems to come to his senses. Returning to Luisa he promises; as she embraces him, the phone rings and he's called away to help Carla, who has overdosed on pills in a suicide attempt.
It becomes impossible for Guido to juggle all the contradictions in his life. He stays with Carla until her husband Luigi arrives returns to the hotel to find that Luisa has abandoned him, the crew has returned to Rome to begin filming. Distraught, he has a vision of his mother singing him a lullaby. In Rome, he phones Luisa from the studio and begs her to come to view screen tests the next evening; when his leading lady, Claudia and senses there is no written script and Guido go for a drive. Guido confesses that there is indeed no script, she asks him what he wants the film to be about and his description resembles his own ordeal: a man lost and in love with so many women. Claudia explains that she loves him but he seems to be a man who does not know how to love; when Guido returns to review the screen tests, Luisa arrives and is devastated to see a clip of an actress in a scene drawn from a private memory she and Guido shared years ago. It is the last straw for her. In an angry and imaginary public striptease she leaves Guido for good.
Utterly abandoned by all those whom he has selfishly exploited, Guido comes to terms with the truth, realizing that he's lost everything and everyone and has nothing with which to make a movie. Admitting that there never was a movie, he has the set destroyed before leaving Rome. Two years Guido is in a café in Anguillara with Lilli and sees an advertisement for a play starring Luisa, he asks about Lilli tells him that she's not going be to be the middle-man for them. When she asks if he will make a movie again, Guido answers that the only thing he would want to make would be a movie about a man trying to win back his wife; as he speaks, he is on a film set, making that film. Surrounded now by his actors and his boyhood n
Juno is a 2007 American independent coming of age teen comedy film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an unplanned pregnancy and the subsequent events that put pressures of adult life onto her. Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney and J. K. Simmons star. Filming spanned from early February to March 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, it premiered on September 8 at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation. Juno won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and earned three other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Page; the film's soundtrack, featuring several songs performed by Kimya Dawson in various guises, was the first chart-topping soundtrack since Dreamgirls and 20th Century Fox's first number one soundtrack since Titanic. Juno earned back its initial budget of $6.5 million in twenty days, the first nineteen of which were when the film was in limited release.
It went on to earn $231 million worldwide. Juno received acclaim from critics, many of whom placed the film on their top ten lists for the year, it has received criticism and praise from members of both the anti-abortion and pro-choice communities regarding its treatment of abortion. Sixteen-year-old Minnesota high-schooler Juno MacGuff discovers she is pregnant by her friend and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker, she considers an abortion. Going to a local clinic run by a women's group, she encounters a schoolmate outside, holding a one-person protest for pro-life vigil. Once inside, however, a variety of factors lead Juno to leave, she decides to give the baby up for adoption instead. With the help of her friend Leah, Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver and finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable home, she tells her father and stepmother, who offer their support. With Mac, Juno meets the couple and Vanessa Loring, in their expensive home and agrees to a closed adoption. Juno visits Mark a few times, with whom she shares tastes in punk horror films.
Mark, who has set aside his rock band youth, works at home composing commercial jingles. Juno and Leah happen to see Vanessa in a shopping mall being at ease with a child, Juno encourages Vanessa to talk to her baby in the womb, where it kicks for her; as the pregnancy progresses, Juno struggles with the emotions she feels for the baby's father, in love with Juno. Juno maintains an outwardly indifferent attitude toward him, but when she learns he has asked another girl to the upcoming prom, she angrily confronts him. Paulie reminds Juno that it is at her request they remain distant and tells her she broke his heart. Not long before her baby is due, Juno is again visiting Mark when their interaction becomes emotional. Mark tells her he will be leaving Vanessa to figure his life out. Juno is horrified by this revelation, with Mark asking Juno "How do you think of me?", revealing he is starting to develop feelings for her. Vanessa arrives home, Mark tells her he does not feel ready to be a father and there are still things he wants to do first.
Juno watches the Loring marriage fall apart drives away and breaks down in tears by the side of the road. Returning to the Lorings' home, she disappears as they answer the door. After a heartfelt discussion with her father, Juno accepts. Juno tells Paulie she loves him, Paulie's actions make it clear her feelings are much reciprocated. Not long after, Juno goes into labor and is rushed to the hospital, where she gives birth to a baby boy, she had deliberately not told Paulie because of his track meet. Seeing her missing from the stands, Paulie rushes to the hospital, finds Juno has given birth to their son, comforts Juno as she cries. Vanessa comes to the hospital. On the wall in the baby's new nursery, Vanessa has framed Juno's note, which reads: "Vanessa: If you're still in, I'm still in. —Juno." The film ends in the summertime with Juno and Paulie playing guitar and singing together, followed by a kiss. Along with Knocked Up and Waitress, two other 2007 films about women facing unplanned pregnancies, Juno was interpreted by some critics as having a pro-life theme.
Ann Hulbert of Slate magazine believed that Juno " both pro-life and pro-choice purism." Jeff Dawson of The Sunday Times believed that the film was placed in the "unwanted pregnancy subgenre" with Knocked Up and Waitress due to its subject matter but thought that its interpretation as a pro-life film only "muddied the waters". Hadley Freeman of The Guardian criticized Juno for "complet a hat-trick of American comedies in the past 12 months that present abortion as unreasonable, or unthinkable—a telling social sign", though she noted, "I don't believe any of these films is consciously designed to be anti-abortion propaganda." A. O. Scott, writing for The New York Times, agreed that Juno has "an underlying theme, a message, not anti-abortion but rather pro-adulthood." Ellen Page commented, "What I get most frustrated at is when people call it a pro-life movie, just absurd... The most important thing is the choice is there, the film demonstrates that." Cody and Page have stated that they are pro-choice.
He said that "Juno seems to be a mirror, people see themselves in it."Other critics labeled Juno as feminist because of its portrayal of Juno as a con
Gosford Park is a 2001 British murder mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson; the story follows a party of wealthy Britons plus an American producer, their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at Gosford Park, an English country house. A murder occurs after a dinner party, the film goes on to present the subsequent investigation from the servants' and guests' perspectives. Development on Gosford Park began in 1999, when Bob Balaban asked Altman if they could develop a film together. Balaban suggested an Agatha Christie-style whodunit and introduced Altman to Julian Fellowes, with whom Balaban had been working on a different project; the film went into production in March 2001, began filming at Shepperton Studios with a production budget of $19.8 million.
Gosford Park premiered on 7 November 2001 at the London Film Festival. It received a limited release across cinemas in the United States in December 2001, before being released in January 2002 by USA Films, it was released in February 2002 in the United Kingdom. The film was successful at the box office, grossing over $87 million in cinemas worldwide, making it Altman's second most successful film after MASH. Acclaimed by critics, it received multiple awards and nominations, including seven Academy Award nominations and nine British Academy Film Awards nominations; the TV series Downton Abbey – written and created by Fellowes – was planned as a spin-off of Gosford Park, but instead was developed as a stand-alone property inspired by the film, set decades earlier. In November 1932, wealthy industrialist Sir William McCordle, his wife, Lady Sylvia McCordle, along with their daughter, host a weekend shooting party at their country estate, Gosford Park; the guests are predominantly their relations.
After arriving, the guests make small talk at tea, while their servants are directed to their room assignments by head housekeeper, Mrs Wilson. Mrs Wilson takes note when valet, Robert Parks mentions having been raised in an orphanage. Parks takes an interest in maid to Constance, Countess of Trentham. Head housemaid, guides the inexperienced Mary through the gathering. After dinner, a silver carving knife has gone missing. Lady Sylvia, has a sexual encounter with Henry Denton, valet to American film producer, Morris Weissman; the next morning, the men go on a pheasant shoot. A stray shot grazes Sir William's ear; the ladies join the men for lunch where Commander Anthony Meredith pleads with Sir William not to back out of a business scheme. While dressing for dinner, Lady Sylvia tells Lady Trentham. At dinner, Lady Sylvia states. Elsie blurts out her support for Sir William. Mrs Wilson brings him coffee but, annoyed, he knocks the cup from her hand and demands whiskey. In the drawing room, actor Ivor Novello plays the piano to lighten the atmosphere.
Upstairs in the library, Sir William is slumped in his chair. Louisa, Lady Stockbridge finds his body. Bumbling Inspector Thompson and competent Constable Dexter arrive to investigate the murder. No one is permitted to leave the house. Dexter notices the lack of blood from the stab wound, indicating, not the cause of death. Denton reveals that he is an actor, researching for a role in an upcoming film, resulting in the other servants' ire, he again visits Lady Sylvia. The following morning, staff gossip that Sir William was stabbed and poisoned; the head cook, Mrs Croft, shares with kitchen staff Sir William's history of seducing female workers in his factories. Any who became pregnant were offered two choices: leave the factory or give the baby up and remain employed. Women were told. In reality, Sir William paid orphanages to take them; that night, Inspector Thompson releases the guests without having interviewed most of the staff. Parks reveals to Mary that Sir William was his father, saying that a son can hate his father, but that he did not poison Sir William.
Mary tells Parks that Sir William was dead when he was stabbed, which means someone else murdered him. Parks says; the next day, Lady Trentham and Lady Sylvia, while in Mary's presence, talk about Mrs Croft and Mrs Wilson. Lady Sylvia says that Mrs Wilson was known as Parks, Parker, or Parkinson. Mary realizes. Mary confronts Mrs Wilson, who says that she and Mrs Croft are sisters, that Parks is her illegitimate son by Sir William, though she will never tell Parks. Mrs Wilson killed Sir William to protect her son, because she realized that he had arranged to come to Gosford Park to murder him, she says. In private, Mrs Wilson grieves never having known her son. Mrs Croft comforts her, saying that her son is alive and, what matters, while she herself lost her infant son, also