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The Remains of the Day (1993)

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Commentary 1: Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, and actor Emma Thompson Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sirgawayn on December 31st, 2005:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
The ebullient Emma Thompson dominates this track; she's clearly having a great time chatting with Merchant and Ivory about the film. She talks about the experience of working with the two men on this film and "Howard's End," gently ribbing Ivory about being a perfectionist on the set. They discuss the challenges of making a lush period film on a small budget (lots of location shooting and negotiating with owners of historic houses). The American Ivory and Indian Merchant discuss the experience of making a movie about British history as outsiders. Thompson thinks the filmmakers are perceptive about the class structure and describes her family's experiences in domestic service. This track was at least an 8 for the first half of the movie, but the conversation dies down about midpoint so I'm giving it a 7.
Reviewed by ipatrick on February 27th, 2013:Find all reviews by ipatrick
Basically, it's like sitting down with Emma Thompson to wach the film, she's hilarious and she gives great insight into her character and the production. Make sure not to miss her comment on the final scene with the dove, on the risk of having the entire film ruined forever since you'll be left unable to ever take it seriously ever again.