Saltburn Fans, You Can't Miss These 5 Old-Money Movies And TV Shows

Saltburn Fans, You Can't Miss These 5 Old-Money Movies And TV Shows
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The rich people in these projects are so spoiled, but it's so fascinating to watch them.

Saltburn was released back in November, and since then it has been actively debated, with some calling it a complete failure and others calling it brilliant.

Saltburn is a social drama, spiced up by Irishman Barry Keoghan and audience favorite Jacob Elordi. And if you haven't had enough of aristocrats' vast inherited estates and the intrigue that goes on within them, the following five projects are for you.

1. Teorema, 1968

The plot of this movie is simple and painfully reminiscent of Saltburn – a nameless guest with sky-blue eyes appears in a rich Milanese house and gradually seduces all its inhabitants – the maid, the son, the daughter, the mother and even the father himself.

Teorema was even the subject of an obscenity lawsuit, but was eventually acquitted. The judge based his decision on the fact that the feelings he experienced while watching the film were not sexual, but exclusively ideological and mystical in nature.

2. The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

Anthony Minghella's movie is perhaps an absolute icon of the old money style. And for good reason: in the story, the main character, Tom Ripley, is obsessed with the idea of achieving wealth and success by any means necessary. After a chance meeting with a billionaire, Tom is assigned to find his son in Europe and bring him back to his family.

This is how he meets Dickie Greenleaf, who is wasting his life and money in the company of his fiancée Marge Sherwood. Dickie has everything Tom has ever dreamed of, and Ripley himself has the ability to lie masterfully, and soon they become inseparable.

But not for long: Dickie soon gets bored with Tom, but Mr. Ripley has no intention of letting go of his inexhaustible source of money and carefree life.

3. Brideshead Revisited, 2008

Brideshead Revisited is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name. While studying at Oxford, Charles, a commoner with artistic ambitions, becomes close (though warned not to) to Lord Sebastian Flyte, a slacker and drunkard tormented by the traditional aristocratic conflict between his own homosexuality and Catholicism.

Charles himself is not interested in men, but Flyte turns out to have a beautiful younger sister and an even more impressive family castle, which Charles asks to see out of aesthetic curiosity, and to which he is doomed to return on and off for the next 20 years.

4. Gosford Park, 2001

In 1932, a group of guests gather to spend the weekend at the estate of Sir William McCordle. Despite the glamour, not everyone there is rich, and almost everyone needs something from old man McCordle. Unfortunately for them, the owner of the house is grumpy, and self-righteous.

While the aristocrats and everyone else intrigue in their living rooms, downstairs the servants are busy making sure the weekend goes perfectly – even when it is suddenly interrupted by murder. This is a dramatic story about the destructive influence of freedom and wealth on the fate of the less privileged.

5. Altes Geld, 2015

The family of industrial magnate Rolf Rauchensteiner is mired in vice, debauchery, and deceit – not to mention the fact that they are all descendants of Nazis, with evidence of war crimes stored in the family museum. Meanwhile, all they care about is money and power.

When Rolf is diagnosed with hepatitis, he announces that he will leave the entire inheritance to whichever of his relatives will donate his liver. Thus begins a brutal, intriguing struggle for power, with everyone involved in the Rauchensteiner empire, including business partners and even politicians, trying to influence it.