PG | | Drama, Romance
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.
"The butler's job is just to serve his Master, and to accommodate these great dinners and banquets and house parties", noted Sir Anthony Hopkins, whose chilling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) had, just prior to the picture, won him a Best Actor Academy Award. Hopkins added: "Hitler's Ambassador comes to Darlington Hall to meet secretly with Prime Minister Chamberlain, and yet Stevens always remains detached. He even says at one point during the film, when Darlington's godson challenges him to comment on what's going on, 'It's none of my business, sir, to know. My business is to serve'."
You remember that American, Stevens, calling Lord Darlington an Amateur? Well he was right, Stevens. He was damn right.
We see a dozen bottles of Graham's Port being delivered for the banquet - but the port would have been cellared for at least six months before being decanted - vintage port is undrinkable immediately after being transported; and later Stevens takes (and breaks) a bottle of Dow 1913 vintage port- but no producers declared a vintage in that year. 1912 was a vintage year, and the next one was 1917.
English, French, German
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