The remains of the day locations

James Ivory used many locations for The remains of the day.

Darlington Hall is a conflation of several houses.

Dyrham Park was used for the exterior of Darlington Hall. It is situated about six miles north of Bath, Somerset.

Dyrham Park

Much of the inside of ‘Darlington’, including the entrance hall and Miss Kenton’s and Mr Stevens’ parlours, is Badminton House, about 10 miles north of Bath in Gloucestershire.

Badminton House
Badminton House
Badminton House

Powderham Castle, a medieval pile dating from 1390 set in a deer park, supplied more interiors.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle

The tea room where Stevens and Mrs Benn meet after 20 years is the 1920s Winter Gardens Pavilion, now part of Weston College.

Winter Gardens Pavilion

The place where they sit together is the Grand Pier on Marine Parade, Somerset. In 2008 The pier was destroyed by fire and later rebuilt.

Grand Pier on Marine Parade

The tall guy (1989)

The Tall Guy is a 1989 British romantic comedy starring Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson.

The protagonist is an American actor working in London who plays in a long-running comedy.

He suffers from chronic hay fever so he subjects himself to a course of injections, and at hospital he meets and falls in love with Kate (played by Emma), who works there as a nurse.

It’s a modest comedy, a mix between a modern musical and a funny but bad play and it marks Emma’s film debut.

The movie is a hodgepodge of weird scenes thrown together in the middle of which stands out a ridiculous sex scene during which the protagonists destroy the bedroom, crush a bag of milk sitting on it, she breaks a teapot on his head, they drop paintings from the wall and play the piano with headbutts.

Emma said: “There was shots of my arse with bits of toast stuck to it. Two fucking days of being nude on set!”.

Fortunately, Emma’s subsequent films were much better but in this debut film she has nevertheless shown to be talented for comedy.

Did you know that…

… Emma played the role of a mother in a film in which the actor who played her son was actually only two years younger than her?

Emma Thompson – The legend of Barney Thomson

In The funny comedy “The legend of Barney Thomson” she played Robert Carlyle’s mother and Carlyle is only two years younger than her but evidently the film makeup artists did an excellent aging job on her face.


Non amo che le rose che non colsi… Guido Gozzano

I try to translate these verses into the English language.

“My dream feeds on abandonment and regret.

I love only the roses that I didn’t reap, I love only the things that could have happened and they didn’t…

I see the houses, here are the roses of the beautiful garden of twenty years ago!”

Guido Gozzano was an Italian poet leader of a poetic school known as crepuscolarismo, a poetic current of the early twentieth century, characterized by the use of a simple and confidential language and by the search for small things in common use and daily gestures that become imbued with melancholy in memory.

The excerpt from this poem (Cocotte) expresses regret and nostalgic memories and every time I look at this scene, with the protagonists who are so close and yet so distant, that although they love each other so much they have never even managed to call each other by name, this poem always comes to mind.