I know an Evelyn Waugh novel isn't exactly light, summer reading, but Brideshead Revisited is going on my July reading list.
The soon-to-be-released Brideshead Revisited film is the reason why I'm brushing up on my Waugh. Those of you who grew up like Lauren and me, with a healthy dose of Masterpiece Theater each month, have probably already seen at least part of the 1981 Brideshead mini-series. We've seen all 11 episodes (that's 659 minutes), so you can only imagine how excited (and relieved) I am that BBC has made it into a (100 minute-long) film. The fact that Emma Thompson is in it is just icing on the cake.
Below are a couple of comparison photos of the two versions (2008 images on the left, 1981 images on the right).
Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte lounging around Oxford University.
Sebastian in all his aristocratic-ness.
A day of boating. Champagne? Check. Teddy Bear? Check.
Charles in Morocco searching for Sebastian.
Charles, Julia and Sebastian on the grounds of Brideshead.
I can't wait to study all the costumes in the film. There are a few images on imdb.com that show some of the clothing, but not much. I couldn't find a website for the film, but hopefully more photos will pop up online closer to the release date.
Images courtesy of www.imdb.com, http://www.abbotshill.freeserve.co.uk/StoryContents.htm, http://mrsblandings.blogspot.com/2008/02/brideshead-revisited.html