Friday, December 23, 2011

Masterful Masterpiece: Downton Abbey

I'm a huge fan of Public Television. In fact sometimes I think of myself as a "prisoner of Public Television"...which I believe is how James Spader's character in Sex Lies and Videotape refers to his mother.  I usually prefer to watch anything on Public TV over another station.   And of all the shows on Public TV, Masterpiece Classic, formerly Masterpiece Theater, is my absolute favorite.  OK, so I'm a pushover for a good period drama.  When Downton Abbey aired last year, I was completely drawn in.  The last episode seemed to end in an inconclusive way, and I didn't realize then there would be another season.  In hind sight it should have been obvious.  Anyway season II is set to air in January, and I can't wait.  The sets and the costumes are fantastic, as is the acting.  I loved Elizabeth McGovern 30 years ago in Ordinary People, and I love her now as the Countess of Grantham.  Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was shot, is open to the public, it would be magnificent to see.

 During these garden party scenes, the help is dressed all in black and the party goers are all in pale colors.  The contrast is an interesting statement in class division.  I wonder if that is authentic, or it was employed by the movie makers for striking visual effect.

Elizabeth McGovern as Countess Grantham
Mary in beautiful blue hat
Love the necklace!
I just love this photo.  The servants are all in order in front of the castle.
Another great costume!
Love the fern behind the Earl of Grantham.  What a beautiful room.
Great costumes!
More great interiors.
I think this is a scene from next season.  I can't wait!
Simply Elegant!!
Hunt scene.

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