Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Far From a Horror Film

Brideshead Revisited may sound like the next teen slasher flick, but on the contrary, it's a lush literary adaptation based on the bestselling 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by English author Evelyn Waugh. It tells the story of a WWII Captain who gets increasingly involved with the members of the rich family who own the castle at which he's stationed.

It was made into a PBS miniseries in 1981, starring Jeremy Irons, John Gielgud, and the great Laurence Olivier. This new film version - directed by Britain's Julian Jarold - stars Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Goode, and Perfume's Ben Whishaw as the lead characters. The trailer is great (it was brought to my attention by a fellow aristocrat who also appreciates classy cinema); here's hoping the film is too. Take a look:

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