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Brideshead revisited, Thursday 20th November, at 8 p.m. (Cines Princesa)

November 3, 2008

Evelyn Waugh‘s classic novel of love and the British class system has been given a polished screen adaptation in this film version from director Julian Jarrold. Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) was raised in a middle-class household and though he’s never known want and is fortunate enough to have been accepted into Oxford, the life of the upper class is foreign to him. While serving in the British Army during the waning days of World War II, Charles is assigned to a temporary base set up on the estate of the wealthy and aristocratic Flyte family, where he strikes up a friendship with twentysomething Lord Sebastian (Ben Whishaw). Sebastian enjoys the pleasures his privileged life has afforded him, but he also senses that something is missing, and he tries to drown his frequent episodes of depression in alcohol. Charles is captivated by the splendor of Sebastian’s life, and he finds himself drawn into a web of decadent comfort, while also developing an infatuation with Sebastian’s sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell), even as Charles senses his relationship with Sebastian is something deeper than simple friendship. The idyllic days at the Flyte estate come to an end with the arrival of Sebastian’s mother, Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson), a fierce Catholic who objects to her son’s free and easy life and has become increasingly bitter since her husband, Lord Marchmain (Michael Gambon), has left her to live in Italy with the lovely Cara (Greta Scacchi). This was the first cinema adaptation of Waugh‘s Brideshead Revisited, though it was the basis of an acclaimed miniseries produced for British television in 1981.

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12 comments

  1. I´ve read not many good reviews… However, Palomas has already watched it. So, tell us!


  2. I will join the meeting


  3. Carmen Fortea is also coming


  4. I would like to go, but have anybody watched the film? I would like to know some apinion about the film. Thanks


  5. I could watch a trailer of Brideshead Revisited and I´m really looking forward to watch it.I´m Susana!!


  6. Hello Susan!!! Welcome! I like your avatar!

    Bad news: A work mate of mine has told me not to go to watch it! He is a lover of English series like Downstairs-Upstairs, this one, etc., and yesterday went to see the film and didn´t like it at all. He says that the story is invented!

    Anyway, at least, it is something good to listen to the British English pronunciation…

    How it is allowed to do something so bad from something good? Adaptations are for competent professionals, don´t you think?


  7. Thank Mary!! but I wanted to be on the same level, I really like your avatar too.

    In connection with the film, I think we would like the setting, the wardrobe, the music, and the main character, but probably as your friend said this is a film adaptation of the book little credible.


  8. Well, who are going to see the film today?? I know Roberto, Carmen and me are going for sure (we can meet at 7.45 p.m. at the cinema´s door), but, how about the rest?? Susan, are you coming? and Nataly??


  9. ok! I’ll be there


  10. Poor Charles Ryder!! How could a religion break such a relationship off??


  11. I liked the film though I found it lacking of a solid actor’s performance, not very credible. Besides, the story doesn’t show anything new and sometimes the plot develops taking important leaps that prevents you to portrait fairly the character’s psyche.


  12. I liked the film very much. The acting was very good, not at all simple, from my point of view. However, it is said that it isn´t closer to the book nor to the BBC serial.



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