Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

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Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge

Cast: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge


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Barnes & Noble
This 25th Anniversary edition of Brideshead Revisited celebrates one of the all-time greats of the miniseries format, a truly engrossing adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic tale. Set during the period between the two World Wars, Waugh's narrative focuses on the Marchmains, a once-distinguished British family, and the intrigues that embroil its members. Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder, a talented, sensitive young painter so drawn into the family's orbit that the clan's magnificent Brideshead Castle becomes like a second home to him. Ryder's friendship with the Marchmains' dissolute scion, Sebastian (Anthony Andrews), has its ups and downs, but his infatuation with Sebastian's sister, Julia (Diana Quick), blossoms into an even more complicated relationship. Laurence Olivier and Claire Bloom appear as Lord and Lady Marchmain, and John Gielgud guest-stars as Ryder's father. Waugh's vision of the Marchmain family in decline is among the most delicious in English literature, realized on the page with poetic brilliance. Scriptwriter John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) keeps nearly all of Waugh's best work intact and even saves much of the book's best dialogue, which is in turn translated by the remarkable cast. History records Olivier's Emmy Award for his work here, but of equal merit are the performances of Gielgud, Quick, Simon Jones, and Nikolas Grace. For Irons, of course, it was a breakthrough role, and within a decade he was to win the Academy Award for his deeply satisfying performance as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. All 11 episodes of this magnificent series, which begins in the Roaring '20s and continues through the Depression years up to World War II, are collected in a handsomely designed, four-disc box set, which includes an informative 20-page Companion Guide. There's also a fascinating glimpse behind the gates of Castle Howard, the extraordinary estate that became the show's Brideshead, and much more.
Entertainment Weekly
Though the remastered discs provide scant extras, Brideshead Revisited is a keenly observed epic that's magnificent all by itself. Mike Flaherty
New York Times
"Smashing...incredibly lavish...the details are brilliant."
Time Magazine
"Visually ravishing."
Washington Post - Tom Shales
There are so few pleasures in life, really. Sex, money, chocolate and Brideshead Revisited.

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