Mystery thriller

DELHIITES CAN look forward to a world premiere in a brand new theatre this Saturday. With the British Council throwing open its doors to the public for "Gosford Park,'' this indeed is a rare occasion too good to miss.

A film in the tradition of the "best'' mystery writer Agatha Christie, director Robert Altman invites viewers to dinner and a murder. The venue is Sir William McCordle's large, rambling country estate. The guest list includes a countess, a World War I hero, a British matinee idol and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chaplin movies.

Set in 1932, the film recreates not only the old world charm of Britain but also the tensions of the world during the inter-war years. With a promise of "tea at four, dinner at eight and murder at midnight,'' this film will have viewers glued to their seats.

While the script of the film may be gripping, the new state-of-the-art film facilities at the British Council theatre will also ensure that the watchers get a complete experience. Fitted with a latest 35-mm projector and 2500 Xenon lamphouse for a larger and brighter picture, the silent corridors of this house of culture will be blown away with the Dolby sound system.

All those who want to have something different for dinner this week-end should head for Kasturba Gandhi Marg at 5 p.m.

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