The Remains of the Day

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(1993) ★★★★

Sky Movies Greats: Monday 15 June, 5.40pm

Looking back at his years of service to gullible aristocrat James Fox, butler Anthony Hopkins realises too late that his inability to express emotion or opinion cost him the chance to live a life of his own. His affection for housekeeper Emma Thompson remains a secret even to himself and while events of moment occur at Darlington Hall between the wars – the Prime Minister consorts with Nazis at the bidding of his lordship, an appeasement apologist – Hopkins is only concerned with decorum and correct cruet placements. A case of what the butler saw but refused to comprehend. A frustrating character, indeed, yet Hopkins is able to convey complex shadings with the subtlest expressions. The Americans gave him an Oscar for his eye-rolling turn as Hannibal the Cannibal in The Silence of the Lambs. Bafta got it right, giving Hopkins the Best Actor award for this fastidious performance in a meticulous Merchant-Ivory production that throws light on shabby lives in grandiose settings.

Certificate: U
Duration: 129min

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