I just finished reading The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro. I saw the movie years ago, and this is one of those rare cases where the movie almost lives up to the promise of the book. This is mostly because Sir Anthony is such a brilliant actor.
The story of a butler trying to maintain the dignity of his position among the great events of the pre-war years is heart-breaking and ennobling. Highly recommended. Worth reading again. I LOVED this book.