Love and Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day'

Genre: Documentary
29 min

Dear Mr. Stevens:

You will be surprised to hear

from me after all this time.

You've been in my thoughts since

I heard Lord Darlington had died.

We read that his heirs

put Darlington Hall up for sale...

... as they no longer wished

to maintain it.

As no one would buy

such a large house...

... the new earl decided to demolish

it and sell the stone for 5000 pounds.

We also saw some rubbish in the

Daily Mail "which made my blood boil:"

"Traitor's nest to be pulled down."

One hundred and eighty guineas?

One hundred and eighty?

Have we done?

Ladies and gentlemen,

a great highlight of the sale:

Lot 414...

...the fine Elizabethan portrait,

A Portly Gentleman.

I'll start the bidding

at 2000 guineas.

Four and a half thousand.

And a half.

And a half.

And a half.

And a half.

And a half.

And a half.

And a half.

Against you, sir,

at eleven and a half thousand guineas.

All done at

eleven and a half thousand guineas.

I was very relieved to read

how an American millionaire...

... named Lewis saved

Darlington Hall...

... so you wouldn't be turned out

of your home after all.

Is it the same Congressman Lewis...

... who attended His Lordship's

conference in 1936?

Mr. Stevens, I so often think

of the good old days...

... when I was the housekeeper.

It was hard work...

... and I have known butlers easier

to please than our Mr. Stevens...

... but those years with you were

among the happiest of my life.

You must have a completely

different staff now.

Not many of the old faces

around anymore.

There's not much need

for the small army of footmen...

... that Lord Darlington employed.

My own news is not very cheerful.

In the 7 years since I last wrote,

I have again left my husband...

... and, sad to say,

my marriage seems to be over.

I'm staying at a friend's

boarding house in Clevedon.

I don't know what my future is.

Since Catherine, my daughter, got

married, my life has been empty.

The years stretch before me and

if only I knew how to fill them.

But I would like to be useful again.

- Burned again?

- Yes, I'm sorry, sir.

The rule in the kitchen

has always been...

...cook cooks the cooked breakfast

while her assistant toasts the toast.

Why don't we get her a pop-up toaster?

We need not a new gadget

but a revised staff plan, sir.

A staff plan, huh?

I didn't know we had one.

A faulty one, unfortunately.

Sir, quite recently... were kind enough to suggest

that I go on a little holiday trip...

...around the country.

Absolutely. Certainly, take a break.

See the world.

Thank you, sir.

When did you last see the world?

The world always used to come

to this house, if I may say so.

You may say so.

Take off when I'm in London next week.

I tell you what, you take the car.

- Take the Daimler.

- Good Lord, sir, I couldn't.

You and that Daimler belong together.

You were made for each other.

That's most kind of you,

I must say, sir. Most kind.

I'd meant to travel the West, where I

understand we have splendid scenery.

And I might incidentally be able

to solve our problems while I'm there.

A former housekeeper, at present

living in Clevedon, has indicated...

...that she might be prepared

to return to service.

What's this, your girlfriend?

Or a former attachment?

Oh, no, sir.

No, but a very able housekeeper.

A most able housekeeper.

I was just kidding, Stevens.


You know what I like best

about your papers?

These obituaries.

Every son of a gun gets

this stately funeral oration.

- It's not an art we have in the States.

- Indeed, sir.

Thank you, Stevens.

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Craig Buck

Craig Werner Buck (born August 24, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a former volleyball player (position middle blocker) from the United States, who was a member of the American men's national team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He also competed and won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. more…

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