The Remains of the Day
With director James Ivory
Beautifully adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker prize-winning novel of the same name, James Ivory’s beloved film is a compelling portrait of Stevens, a near-perfect butler facing postwar England. Nearing the end of his service at Darlington Hall, Stevens begins to recall his years with Lord Darlington, a man who dies in disgrace, accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.
Played by the impeccable Anthony Hopkins, Stevens reevaluates his long life while driving to visit a former employee, Miss Keaton, played by Emma Thompson. Hopkins, who received an Academy Award nomination for his subtle and penetrating portrayal of Stevens, discovers a deep humanity in a man who would leave his father’s deathbed to wait on his master at a dinner gathering. His rapport with Thompson, who also received an Oscar nomination, creates some of the most iconic and psychologically charged romantic tension in recent film history.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala received an Oscar nomination for her transformation of Ishiguro’s first-person narrative into a drama that preserves the ironies of Stevens’s interior landscape while expanding the socio-political world he inhabits.
The senior reviewer of The New York Times called The Remains of the Day the “deepest, most heartbreakingly real of the many extraordinary films directed by James Ivory.” Ivory won Director’s Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations for his work.
Director: James Ivory
Screenwriter: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro Cinematographer: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Editor: Andrew Marcus
Music: Richard Robbins
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant, John Haycraft, Caroline Hunt, James Fox
Running Time: 134 minutes