Cozy Mysteries Onscreen: Gosford Park

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Before Julian Fellowes gave us Downton Abbey (2010), he gave us Gosford Park (2001). It’s a treat for the eyes, ears, and your Anglophile heart, if you’re anything like me.

gosford-parkGosford Park is a mashup of all things cozy. There’s a sumptuous setting: an English country manor house. A collection of very different people: upper class and working class, old and young, wide-eyed and jaded, cruel and kind. A murder with dozens of suspects, all of whom had good reason to want the victim dead. As for the acting… well. Let’s just say it stars Maggie Smith (playing a proto-Dowager Countess), Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon (most famous to an entire generation as Professor Dumbledore), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones), Kristen Scott Thomas, and many more. Julian Fellowes’s screenplay won an Oscar.

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Gosford Park opens as lady’s maid Mary Maceachran (Kelly Macdonald) accompanies her new mistress, the imperious Constance…

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