Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Dvd/150: BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (Michael Lindsay-Hogg/Charles Sturridge, 1981, tv)

I had not seen this in over 30 years and it still stands as one of the great tv literary adaptations.

1944: When Charles Ryder's army division is stationed at the stately home Brideshead it brings back a flood of bittersweet memories, of how at Oxford he became a close friend of Lord Sebastian Flyte whose family owned Brideshead.

Middle-class Charles is seduced by this entree to the Roman Catholic upper-classes but is soon trapped in the family politics of wayward Sebastian, his pious mother Lady Marchmain and the absent Lord Marchmain, living abroad with his mistress.

Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews gave career-defining performances as Charles and Sebastian, Nickolas Grace as effete Anthony Blanche, Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain, Phoebe Nicolls as Cordelia Flyte and John Gielgud as Charles' father shine in the magnificent cast.  The marvellous adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel is by John Mortimer.

Shelf or charity shop?  One for the shelf...

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