|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 15 Libraries 15 of 17 copies|
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. The tale opens during WWII, when Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode), an English military officer, is stationed at a country estate that has been converted into a military base. Jarrold uses this time-frame and setting as a framing device, and then flashes back in time to Charles' days as a scholar in the 1920s. It becomes clear that he was raised in a middle-class household; though he was fortunate enough to have been accepted into Oxford, he doesn't belong to the British upper crust. At Oxford, Charles strikes up a friendship with twentysomething Lord Sebastian (Ben Whishaw). Charles is captivated by the splendor of Sebastian's life at his family's Brideshead Castle, and he finds himself drawn into a web of decadent comfort. For Sebastian, though, the familial estate represents a prison from which he longs to escape, and in desperation, he hits the bottle. Charles develops an infatuation with Sebastian's sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell), but also senses that his bond with Sebastian may be something far deeper than simple friendship. Also present at Brideshead is Sebastian and Julia's mother, Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson), an ice water-veined woman still reeling from her abandonment some time prior at the hands of her husband. Though bitter, the matriarch perceives Charles as an emotional anchor for the increasingly unstable Sebastian, and therefore suggests that Charles join Sebastian and Julia on a trip to see their father (Michael Gambon) and his mistress (Greta Scacchi) in Venice. Unfortunately, the romantic bond between Charles and Julia deepens, which threatens to destroy Sebastian. This feature constitutes the second major version of Brideshead Revisited to reach viewers; an earlier, 11-hour miniseries adaptation ran on television in 1981. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Upper class families
Male friendship -- Drama.
Catholics -- Drama.
England -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Miramax Films :2009
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment,
|Other Titles|| Brideshead revisited.
Davies, Andrew, 1936-
Brock, Jeremy, 1959-
Goode, Matthew, 1978-
Whishaw, Ben, 1980-
Atwell, Hayley, 1982-
Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966. Brideshead revisited.
UK Film Council.
2 Entertain (Firm)
Screen Yorkshire (Firm)
Ecosse Films (Firm)
Miramax Home Video.
Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Cake, Patrick Malahide.
Director of photography, Jess Hall ; editor, Chris Gill ; music, Adrian Johnston ; costume designer, Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh ; production designer, Alice Normington.
MPAA rating: PG-13; parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13; for some sexual content.
In English with Spanish subtitles; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh.
Special features: deleted scenes; filmmaker's audio commentary; "The World of Brideshead" featurette.
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (2.40:1) presentation, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
1 videodisc (approximately 133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.