The Remains Of The Day

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(out of 5)


Between this fantastic drama and Merchant Ivory’s film of the previous year, Howards End, it is difficult to decide which of the two is the superior. Reteaming the main stars of their Edwardian masterpiece, director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala tell a first-rate tale of suppressed love and lifelong duty. , in one of his greatest performances, plays the head butler of a giant English country manor who in his old age reminisces of his earlier days working with head housekeeper . Throughout his memories it becomes obvious that his great love for her has constantly taken a back seat to his sense of loyalty to his high-ranking Oswald Mosleyesque employer (), keeping him from ever admitting it to her.   Jhabvala’s script has restructured Kazuo Ishiguro’s powerful novel into a narrative of memories and reclaimed emotions, increasing the novel’s subtlety and along with the fantastic leads and Ivory’s sturdy direction, bringing out the powerful emotion in every scene. A real masterpiece.


Columbia Pictures Corporation, Merchant Ivory Productions

United Kingdom/USA, 1993

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1993

Golden Globe Awards 1993

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