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Brideshead Revisited | From Blighty With Love

Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

2008 (UK) 133 min Period Drama

Julian Jarrold
  1. Michael Gambon
  2. Ben Whishaw
  3. Emma Thompson

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Set in the 1930s, this heartbreaking adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic romantic English novel tells the story of unworldly undergraduate Oxford University student Charles’ friendship with flamboyant and aristocratic Sebastian, son of Lord and Lady Marchmain (played magnificently by Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson). Charles in entranced by the opulent splendour of their huge mansion, Brideshead, and is completely seduced by the glamorous world of the
eccentric English upper class family. However he soon finds out that privilege, ambition, and desire all come at a price as he is sucked into the intrigues of the Marchmain family.


Lavish Adaptation of Classic English Novel

Brideshead Revisited is a gorgeously shot, fabulous adaptation of the classic novel of the same name by famous English writer Evelyn Waugh.

It is a film about class struggle, religion, forbidden love and the loss of innocence, and comes with all the opulence and British landscapes you could hope for.

What’s Brideshead Revisited about?

Waugh wrote the book, Brideshead Revisited, in just four months whilst on leave from the army during the latter stages of the Second World War in 1944.

The story begins at Oxford University in 1925, where Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) is befriended by the flamboyant aristocrat Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), son of Lord and Lady Marchmain (Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson). Charles is completely seduced by his friend’s glamorous world and thrilled by an invitation to ‘Brideshead’, the Marchmain’s magnificent ancestral home.  Impressed by his surroundings, Charles becomes infatuated with Sebastian’s beautiful sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell). As his emotional attachment to both Julia and Sebastian grows, Charles finds himself increasingly at odds with the family’s strongest bond: a deep and abiding Catholic faith. Brideshead Revisited is essentially a story about the decline of the English Catholic aristocracy, and how divine grace operates, bringing diverse characters together against the odds.

A faithful adaptation…
Ecosse Films’s Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae brought in the award-winning television screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice) and Jeremy Brock (Last King of Scotland, Mrs Brown) to develop the script and adapt it from the book.

Jeremy felt the love story has much resonance today: ‘The triangular love story between Charles, Sebastian and Julia seemed to tell a story about caste, which I found very contemporary and fresh,” he says. “And I thought there was a way to tell this story about an outsider coming into this family – a caste very different to his own -and dealing with that in a way that is very true to the book but also tells a modern audience something about fundamentalism and about how difficult it is to grow beyond our roots, to live beyond what has formed us in our childhood.”

The producers were very keen to keep the acting cast British because of their inherent knowledge of the British class system. Julian Jarrold the film’s director explains: “I felt it was going to be so much easier – almost effortless for a British actor to drop into the role and understand the clash of manners, propriety of the period and intricacies of the English social system – than for actors who might not have grown up in it. “
The setting: Apart from the authentic setting in Oxford, and various opulent locations around the world including Venice and Morocco, the production team had to looked at houses across England to find the perfect set. One particular house offered them the architecture of the period, a Catholic atmosphere with its exquisite chapel, baroque features and religious iconographic artwork along with the all-important ‘wow factor’: Castle Howard in Yorkshire. Shooting in one of the England’s most spectacular country houses was not lost on the cast. Stepping into centuries of history, the well-trodden stone slabs of Castle Howard’s corridors gave them a valuable sense of their characters’ background and history.

When can I see it?

Brideshead Revisited will be showing as part of the From Blighty with Love season across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, from 26th February to 11th March, with a chance to speak to British filmmakers via live Skype chat after selected shows. The screening date for Brideshead is tentatively scheduled for Thursday 11th March, but watch this space for updates!

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  1. nidhi bajaj
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    how do i buy tickets for any of these movies? the links on this website don’t take me to any ticket bookings and i can’t find any ticket sales at major cinemas.

  2. Posted February 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    We’re just finalising the schedule now so it won’t be long before all the details are published. You can stay updated by signing up with your email address on the site.

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