“Downton Abbey: A New Era” Gets a Meta With a Movie Within a Movie

This story contains spoilers for Downton Abbey: A New Era.

Downton Abbey: A New Era, The new movie sequel to the hugely popular drama, it boasts a wedding, birth, death and threat to the family bloodline — and of course, Dowager Violet Crawley (Mrs. Maggie Smith) Blocked zinger release.

“Downton Abbey It is only the gift that keeps on giving. I couldn’t believe we were going to make a second movie because it’s so hard to do.” Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora Crowley, at the film’s US premiere at the New York Metropolitan Opera on Sunday. “We’ve been doing that for a long time, thinking about an idea that breathes a little new energy without sacrificing everything everyone loves about it — that’s a big request. But [creator and writer] Julian [Fellowes] I really managed to do that. The movie is really funny, and after that it packs an emotional punch.”

The movie, which hits theaters May 20, begins with a widow revealing that she’s acquired a villa in southern France after the death of a mysterious man from her past. In order to sort out the inheritance, she sent her son Robert Crowley (Hugh Bonnevillehis wife Cora and her granddaughter EdithLaura Carmichael), Edith’s husband Bertie (Harry Haden Button), Tom Branson (Allen Leach– who married the Crawleys after years of being their chauffeur – his new wife Lucy (Tobins Middleton), and his mother-in-law Mrs. Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton) to meet the family and find out why they gave up this villa.

Meanwhile, Mary (Michel Dockery) is still behind to oversee a film production company that arrives in Downton to make a silent film – an arrangement the family reluctantly accepts only to raise money to fix a leaky Downton roof. Downstairs butlers are thrilled to meet Hollywood actors, while upstairs family members deeply despise the art of cinema. Robert describes actresses with “their make-up” and “actors just dumbfounded with make-up”. The widow says she would rather “eat pebbles” than watch a movie and adds, “The best thing about movies is that you can’t hear them.”

“The upper class didn’t really take in photography or television for long. They saw it as a kind of working-class entertainment,” Fellowes said on the access mat before the show. “It was their kids who took them to the movies, and I always remember that from my parents. My father said that he and my mother were very keen on photography, but his parents’ generation was not at all. My father had persuaded his aunt to go to a movie with him and she found it quite strange. This was the reason why the Crowley family didn’t like movies.”

The plot of the film within the film sometimes imitated the lives of the actors. like the rest downton, The second part was filmed at Highclere Castle located in Newbury, England. Owners of the eighth Highclere Castle Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, open their home to Downton Abbey TV series for six seasons. “We now know how Lord and Lady Carnarvon feel each time. Downton Abbey Bonneville said. “He has become very dead.”

McGovern also feels sorry for invading Carnarvons’ personal space. “We have suffered a pain in the neck for the aristocratic family already living there. We have visited them all and they absolutely hate us.” “So it was fun to put that on his head and actually exploit it in the movie. The aristocratic family is not with us. They pull off hastily. The only time I saw the aristocratic wife was when George Clooney Came, and she was very much around. Besides, she is with her dogs. It really is an invasion. I don’t want a camera crew in my house, so I understand. “

The cast found it too amusing to belittle their real-life on-screen career. “Robert finds it shameful that a movie could be made in Downton, and it was so fun to say such horrific and negative things,” Bonneville said. “To say we are horrible tramps, and all the actors are lazy, unreliable, and drunk—I think Julian Fellowes just hit his head! No, it was just a delight.”

Joan Frogt Playing the lady’s maid, Anna Bates, she enjoyed the scenes as the widow releases a host of scathing insults and clever remarks about filmmaking. “Maggie’s lines are especially good because she’s so critical and she talks about actors and the movie industry – but she’s a famous actress and she’s a two-time Oscar winner. So hearing her say those insults adds to the fun of that.”

In addition to the meta-narrative, film within a film, new era Concerning a long-awaited marriage proposal between the beloved character Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle) and Miss Baxter (Raquel Cassidy). “I thought it was a nice timing moment, actually, because I know people have wanted it for a while,” Doyle said. “It was great that it took so long, because they are very careful people. They didn’t want to hurt each other, and it was beautifully crafted and beautifully written.”

“The fans were thrilled,” Cassidy added. Julianne really kept putting their relationship on hold before their very eyes. Especially at the end of the other movie, there’s a moment where she basically says, ‘If you ask me, I’ll say yes.’ It finally happened!”

Downton Abbey: A New Era Its gay-single-family character gives it some hope for the future, too. Butler Thomas Barrow (Rob James Collier), who had a short-lived romance with the king’s royal treasury in the first movie, may have a new love interest. Movie star Jay DexterDominic West) invites Barrow to become his “butler” after I share conversations inside Downton. Dexter insists that setting can mean “as much or as little” as Barrow likes, and is clearly more than willing to travel the world and live happily ever after with the movie star.

He said, “I’m so glad Barrow gets a happy ending.” Phyllis Logan who plays Mrs. Hughes, the housekeeper whom Barrow often confides in. “Between Mrs. Hughes and Barrow, they have frank conversations throughout the series, and she clearly sympathizes deeply with his situation. She worries about him. He will be persecuted if his sexuality is known, and potentially imprisoned. For him, following his path is difficult. He is who he is, but he is. He is walking a very difficult path in life. Now his path is the closest to living an honest life.”

Giving Barrow a happy, but honest, ending was important to Fellowes. “Despite the hardships put in front of gays, some people have been able to find compromises, meaning they can live their lives,” Fellowes said, and I wanted this to be Thomas’ story. himself in it. I think this was the truth. Representing the facts at that time was important to me. It was a very sad time. Showing homosexual affection was punishable by life imprisonment.”

Another progressive story featured in the film is Edith’s slowly returning to the workforce as a journalist, working for a community magazine and confident in her ability to be an attentive mother. “A woman should be able to work and start a family at the same time, and I’m glad Edith realizes she can still work,” Carmichael said. “I just had a baby when we started the movie, and I was in that mindset. It was really cool getting that look and being like, ‘You can do it!’ I love that it’s working again.”

Fans may not realize that Carmichael’s life partner is him Michael Fox who plays jockey Andrew Parker. He debuted in season five, stayed on the show until its end, and appeared in both films as well. “We share some scenes in the movie, but we haven’t interacted yet. I’m glad I share this experience with him,” Carmichael said.

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