Sun 27 August 2:00pm
Director: James Ivory
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox
Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance as the dutiful butler of Darlington Hall in Merchant-Ivory’s splendid adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel by Kazou Ishiguro.
Butler to Lord Darlington during the years between the wars, Stevens (Hopkins) runs the house with all the professional dedication required, sacrificing his own personal and emotional life to his position.
In an absorbing series of acutely observed comic and tragic events which form the important personal experiences of the butler, James Ivory delicately balances the large and small scale in the push and pull of international politics and domestic drama.
Emma Thompson gives another memorable performance as Miss Kenton, the young housekeeper who falls in love with Stephens but unable to elicit any response from him, agrees to marry a man she doesn’t love.
Years later admitting, the love that he had refused to acknowledge, Stephens goes in search of Miss Kenton. On his journey to visit her he comes to question his life and the consequences of his silent complicity in the events which shaped both his own life and the world around him.