"a superb production"
"Revisit great television"
"John Mortimer's screenplay is a masterpiece in itself"
claim to being the best thing ever done for TV"
Brideshead Revisited - with Laurence Olivier, John
Gielgud, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom and Diana Quick
Evelyn Waugh's story of Charles Ryder and his relationship with
the Marchmain family; supplied in an attractive box set.
Fill a bowl with strawberries, open the chocolates, break out the Château
Lafite and bask in Brideshead Revisited. This 1981 masterpiece based on Evelyn Waugh's classic
adapted for the screen by John Mortimer. In
his breakthrough role, Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder, a
disillusioned Army captain who is moved to reflect on his "languid days"
in the "enchanted castle" that was Brideshead, home of the aristocratic
Marchmain family, whose acquaintance Charles made in the company of an
Oxford classmate, the charming wild-child Sebastian. Anthony Andrews
costars as the doomed Sebastian, whose beauty is "arresting" and "whose
eccentricities and behaviour seemed to know no bounds". The "entitled and
enchanted" Sebastian takes Charles under his wing ("Charles, what a lot
you have to learn"), but vows early on that he is "not going to let
[Charles] get mixed up with [his] family." But mixed up Charles gets. He
becomes a friend and confidante, not to mention a lover, to Sebastian's
sister Julia (Diana Quick). Meanwhile, the self-destructive Sebastian's
life spirals out of control.
Brideshead Revisited boasts a distinguished ensemble cast,
including Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled
Lord Marchmain, Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain, and the magnificent John
Gielgud as Charles's estranged father. Grand locations and a haunting
musical score make this a memorable revisit of an irretrievable bygone
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